Adaptations are huge news in Hollywood, and with good reason. They come with a pre-existing storyline, fanbase, and as a result, are far less risky than an entirely new concept, so it can often seem as though every new movie and TV series is adapted from a novel, video game, anime or comic book. Even toys and emojis are being turned into film franchises! Graphic novels and comic books are particularly desirable for adaptation, from the better-known superheroes of DC and Marvel to smaller titles like Archer and Armstrong, rights to comics and graphic novels are being snapped up by big studios.
Now, another popular graphic novel has had screen rights up for sale, as My Favorite Thing Is Monsters drew interest from multiple studios. The graphic novel was only published this year, but already multiple studios were reported to be interested in adapting the story, and making offers to buy the rights before Sony managed to win the auction.
According to Deadline, Sony beat out the other interested parties to win the screen rights and will be starting work on an adaptation of the graphic novel by Emil Ferris. Bradley Gallo and Michael Helfant are producing for Amasia Entertainment, and Palak Patel is overseeing for Columbia Pictures. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is Ferris's debut, inspired by B-Movies and set in Chicago in the '60s.
The official description for My Favorite Thing is Monsters reads:
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.
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters has phenomenal potential for a big-screen adaptation, with a fascinating visual style and a story that weaves together fact and fiction in a truly stunning manner. With the right creative team behind it, this could easily become a huge hit film. Of course, it is important to note that at the moment, Sony has only just acquired the rights, and the studio has a long way to go before the project can become a reality. However, it is likely that Sony will want to push forward with this quite quickly, in order to tap into the success of the graphic novel itself, and it's likely that a scriptwriter and director will be attached to the project soon.
We'll keep you posted on My Favorite Thing Is Monsters as this project develops.