Graphic novel Strangers in Paradise is being adapted to film by its creator Terry Moore in collaboration with director Angela Robinson. The long-running romantic comedy-of-errors narrative follows Katchoo, a young woman who falls hard for her best friend, Francine. That would-be love story gets disrupted when Katchoo meets David, a young man who is very determined to win her affections instead. Our protagonist then finds herself at the center of a love triangle that only gets more chaotic when her former boss hunts her down and demanded a supposed $850,ooo worth of missing mob cash.
Having debuted all the way back in 1993, Strangers in Paradise has garnered a following of its own over the years since then. It received the Eisner Award for best serialized story in 1996 and then picked up the GLAAD Award for best comic book in 2001. Since its inception, Moore has been the only author and artist who has worked on the Strangers in Paradise comics, preserving its quality and his original vision for the story.
The Strangers in Paradise movie announcement was made at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Robinson, who was also present at the festival to promote her film Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, has issued the following statement, expressing her eagerness to see Strangers in Paradise finally brought to life on the big screen - something that Robinson says she has been wanting to do for more than 10 years now:
“I’ve been wanting to adapt Strangers in Paradise for over a decade, since the first time I read it and couldn’t put it down. Terry Moore writes real female characters with such breathtaking sensitivity. With Strangers in Paradise he pulls off the nearly impossible - a sexy, stylish crime story with tons of heart. I look forward to our collaboration!”
Moore, for his part, praised the Professor Marston and the Wonder Women director for her boldness to take on the story of Strangers in Paradise (one that involves interwoven sub-plots that are years and years in the making) in his own statement:
“Angela and I have known each other for years and I greatly admire her creative vision. From Day One our common goal was to bring Strangers in Paradise to the screen. It’s a complex story that took years to write and Angela gets it on every level. I can’t wait to get started!”
Robinson's Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, which is making headlines at TIFF 2017 and is slated to hit theaters next month, nicely illustrates just how capable she is at handling a story that tackles sensitive issues - meaning that the Strangers in Paradise film adaptation is in very capable hands, especially with additional creative oversight from Moore. Professor Marston stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote, telling the real-life story of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston and how he lived harmoniously with his wife and lover.
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