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Kelly & Niimura's "I Kill Giants" Targeted for Film Adaptation

Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura's "I Kill Giants" will head to theaters thanks to director Anders Walter, producer Chris Columbus and Treehouse Pictures, both The Hollywood Reporter and The Wrap report.

"I Kill Giants," published by Image Comics from 2008 to 2009, won several awards, including the Gold Award at the Fifth International Manga Awards and a spot on the Young Adult Library Services Association's list of top graphic novels. The series follows a young girl who imagines a fantastical world where she holds extraordinary power in order to escape her harsh reality.

A member of Man of Action, which created Cartoon Network's "Ben 10" and Disney's "Big Hero 6," Kelly will pen the screenplay for the adaptation. In a statement, he said he was "overwhelmed by the enthusiasm, vision and sheer talent of the team we've assembled... Chris and Anders understand the book on an instinctive level and will translate it into a hell of a film. I could not be happier."

The film will be Walter's first full-length project. He won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film with his short "Helium" in 2014. Columbus will produce alongside Kelly and Man of Action Entertainment.

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