Dope’s Rick Famuyiwa Set to Write and Direct Black Hole Adaptation


Dope writer and director set to adapt and direct Charles Burns' graphic novel Black Hole

Dope writer and director Rick Famuyiwa set to adapt and direct Charles Burns’ graphic novel Black Hole

Dope writer/director Rick Famuyiwa is set to take the helm and script duties for New Regency and Plan B’s adaptation of Charles Burns’ graphic novel Black Hole, according to THRBlack Hole will be produced by Plan B and Arnon Milchan from New Regency. Black Hole was set to be adapted by Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3DThe Hills Have Eyes) was up to adapt the work back in 2005, then Neil Gaiman (American Gods, the upcoming Good Omens) and Roger Avery (Pulp Fiction) were in development with David Fincher (The Social Network) up to direct.

Black Hole, released in 2005, has won the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz Awards. Amazon describes the graphic novel as follows: “The setting: suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the outset that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways — from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) — but once you’ve got it, that’s it. There’s no turning back. As we inhabit the heads of several key characters — some kids who have it, some who don’t, some who are about to get it — what unfolds isn’t the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness to it , or even to treat it. What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high school alienation itself — the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape. And then the murders start.”

Famuyiwa is known for directing the pilot for Showtime’s The Chi and directing the HBO film Confirmation starring Kerry Washington, which was nominated for an Emmy Award.

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