Dope director Rick Famuyiwa has signed on to write and direct the new film adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel Black Hole. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Plan B and New Regency’s Arnon Milchan will produce the project, with New Regency financing.
The book, written and drawn by Charles Burns, was published by Fantagraphics and ran for 10 issues from 1995 to 2005. It managed to pick up an Eisner Award, a Harvey Award and an Ignatz Award during this timespan, with critics hailing it as a coming-of-age horror story that drew comparisons to the likes H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King.
Black Hole takes place during the 1970s in the Pacific Northwest, where several teenagers contract a sexually transmitted disease known as "the Bug.” This disease then begins mutating them into strange creatures, who proceeded to run away and live in a desolate woodland nearby.
This is Famuyima's second crack at adapting a comic book property after he left the Flash solo movie in 2016, citing creative differences with Warner Bros.
Black Hole had been stuck in development since 2005. Directors such as David Fincher and Alexandre Aja were once attached, as well as writers like Neil Gaiman.