Director Sam Mendes looking at taking on My Favorite Thing is Monsters
Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) is in talks to develop and direct the upcoming film based on graphic novel My Favorite Thing is Monsters, according to Deadline. My Favorite Thing is Monsters, which Sony Pictures just bought the rights to, is the debut graphic novel from Emil Ferris, an illustrator and toy sculptor. Ferris has an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. The story is set in Chicago during the late ’60s and is about a 10-year-old girl who loves monsters and tries to solve the case of a neighbor who was murdered.
Here is the official description: “Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite 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 neighbor, 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.”
The graphic novel was published by Fantagraphics Press, and was released in February of 2017. Part 2 of the series was released in October.
My Favorite Thing is Monsters isn’t told with sequential panels but through Karen’s sketchbook. Amnesia Entertainment’s Bradley Gallo and Michael Helfant will produce at Sony’s Columbia Pictures. Palak Patel is overseeing. According to NPR, Ferris was a 40-year-old single mom who had contracted West Nile virus and became paralyzed from the waist down. After also losing the use of her hand, she taught herself to draw again. The graphic novel took six years to create.
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