Sam Mendes In Talks To Direct Graphic Novel Adaptation | Film News
Sam Mendes expanded his repertoire with two films in the 007 franchise, but with that now behind him, he’s looking for a new project. The world of graphic novels might have something that piques his interest.
The director is in talks to adapt Emil Harris‘ acclaimed graphic novel, My Favourite Thing Is Monsters, for the big screen. The synopsis for the book is as follows:
“Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favourite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbour, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold”.
“When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge”.
This would be very interesting avenue for Mendes to pursue. He’s already tackled family drama, espionage, noir and war in his oeuvre thus far, why not add some pulpy horror to the mix? Though this sounds far more complex than that, it would be interesting to see what a talent like Mendes could add to such a strong story. He’s expected to not only direct, but develop and produce the project.
With the world of espionage in the rearview mirror, Mendes looks to be taking an exciting, engrossing next step. Or he could direct the live-action James And The Giant Peach adaptation he’s been linked with instead, that’d be just as good…right?
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