Dan Clowes' Graphic Novel Patience Optioned for Film

"Ghost World" creator Dan Clowes is headed back to film. According to Deadline, the critically-acclaimed indie cartoonist has sold the film rights for his recent graphic novel "Patience" to Focus Features, a subdivision of NBC/Universal.

First published in March, Fantagraphics' "Patience" tells the story of a man named Jack, whose wife -- the titular Patience -- is murdered. After ten years of emotional turmoil, Jack discovers a time machine that allows him to revisit his lost wife. What follows is a bizarre psychedelic journey through Patience's past, where he witnesses the experiences that made her into the woman he loved.

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As with the previous film versions of his work -- which includes "Ghost World," "Art School Confidential" and the upcoming "Wilson" -- Clowes will pen the screen adaption himself. In 2001, he earned an Oscar nomination for his work on "Ghost World," which bodes well for the upcoming adaptation.

Directed by Craig Johnson and starring Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines and Isabella Amara, “Wilson” opens on March 24. "Patience" does not yet have a release date.

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