It was about time Hollywood recognized the work of Scott McCloud.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Pictures has chosen Short Term 12‘s Destin Daniel Cretton to adapt McCloud’s The Sculptor into a feature film. Published in 2012, the graphic novels centers on David Smith, a down-on-his-luck artist who makes a bargain with Death. He receives the supernatural power to sculpt anything he wants, but only for 200 days. After that time, David must die. But instead of a brief life of fame and fortune, David finds his newfound powers do not make the path to creative success any easier. He eventually meet Meg, an aspiring actress who may complicate his pact with Death.
The graphic novel was McCloud’s first attempt at long-form fictional comics in over 20 years. The creators of Zot!, McCloud became celebrated in the late 1990s and early 2000s for his groundbreaking Understanding Comics and his pioneering work in webcomics, which he in turn discussed in Reinventing Comics.
Playwright Michael Mitnick will adapt the comic book for Cretton, Warner Bros. and production company 21 Laps. Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen will produce with Niija Kuykendaal and Rebecca Cho on board for Warners and Becca Edelman for 21 Laps.
The film is not currently scheduled for release.
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