Fox has bought the film rights to Doctors, the new graphic novel from Bottomless Belly Button creator Dash Shaw, for David S. Goyer to produce through his Phantom Four banner.
Published last month by Fantagraphics, the book has what The Hollywood Reporter describes as "shades of Inception and Flatliners," with a story that centers on a doctor and his team who can enter the afterlife of a dead person in the form of a memory, and temporarily bring the subject back to life.
A veteran of comics adaptations ranging from Blade to The Dark Knight Rises to Man of Steel, Goyer currently has a hand in NBC's Constantine, and Warner Bros.' upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Sandman and Justice League.
An acclaimed cartoonist, Shaw's other work includes BodyWorld, New School and The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.
Here's how Fantagraphics describes Doctors:
Dr. Cho is the creator of the Charon, a device that allows his staff to enter a dead patient's afterlife by taking the form of a memory in the patient's consciousness, and bring him or her back to life, with one catch: the experience is traumatic and the process kills them again soon thereafter. But for some bereaved, the opportunity is priceless. So when Bell is killed in a random accident, her daughter hires Dr. Cho's team to bring her back. But what if Bell didn't want to come back? The dying unconsciously create the afterlife they want, or feel they deserve, in their minds before everything fades to black. Isn't that better than the reality, and no less meaningful than life itself? Can unconsciousness coexist with consciousness? Part science-fiction thriller, part family drama, part morality play for the 21st century, and quite possibly Shaw's best book to date.