Filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa (Dope, The Chi) is the latest, in a long line of directors, attached to adapt Charles Burns’ cult graphic novel Black Hole. Although not a true body-horror through-and-through, Black Hole chronicles the lives of several teenagers in mid 70’s during an epidemic of sexually transmitted mutations. Serving as a metaphor for puberty, adulthood, and all that comes with it, our characters are forced to deal with the aftermath of these strange transformations and the bodies they no longer recognize as their own.
Since 2005, Black Hole has been passed from one creative team to another with little progress. Initially, Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Piranha 3D) was attached to direct a screenplay from Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Coraline) and Roger Avery (Pulp Fiction, Silent Hill). In 2008 the project was passed to David Fincher (Mindhunter, Zodiac) who would later leave to complete Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Official Synopsis from Pantheon Graphic Novels:
The setting: suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the outset that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways — from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) — but once you’ve got it, that’s it. There’s no turning back.
Written and illustrated by Charles Burns’, Black Hole was published as a 12-issue series between 1995-2005. The collected edition published by Pantheon Graphic Novels won several awards, including Best Foreign Comic at the 2013 Gaiman Awards, and a Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work.
Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, Black Hole will be produced by Plan B Entertainment with New Regency financing the film. Plan B, founded by Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, and Brad Grey in 2001, is the production company behind Academy Award winning films 12 Years A Slave, The Big Short, and Moonlight. That said, they also produced World War Z, so I’m bound to remain skeptical of any adaptation near and dear to my heart.
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