With the arrival of Comic-Con International, it’s expected for studios to announce a big-screen adaptation of one superhero comic or another. However, there are frequently a few surprises, and this is certainly one of them: According to The Hollywood Reporter, John “Derf” Backderf’s autobiographical graphic novel My Friend Dahmer is being turned into a film by Ibid Filmworks.
Published in March by Abrams ComicArts, graphic novel recounts Backderf’s friendship with future serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer during junior high and high school. The story starts off when the boys met at age 12, and goes up until Dahmer’s first murder right after graduation. Dahmer would go on to achieve infamy after one of his victims escaped and the truth was revealed — that he had killed at least 17 men and boys and even eaten some of them. Several films have been made about the killer’s life, the most famous of which kickstarted Jeremy Renner’s career.
The graphic novel takes an evenhanded look at Dahmer, showcasing how his behavior hinted at darker elements of his personality that were basically ignored or not seen by family, friends and teachers. The tone of the film is said to be a mix of films like Dazed and Confused and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
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