I Kill Giants Comic Book Optioned

March 23, 2015  The adaptation of the award-winning Young Adult comic book will be directed by Oscar winner Anders Walter.

I Kill Giants, the critically-acclaimed graphic novel by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura, is headed to the big screen, with news Monday that Academy Award winner Anders Walter’s adaptation will be fully financed by Treehouse Pictures.Originally published in serialized form from 2008 to 2009, I Kill Giants tells the story of a girl who escapes from her difficult reality into a fantasy life where she has more power. It went on to be named one of the top graphic novels of 2010 by the Young Adult Library Services Association, and win the Gold Award at the Fifth International Manga Awards in 2012.

The project will mark the first full-length project for Walter, whose Helium won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. Chris Columbus will act as producer on the project alongside XYZ Films, Kelly and Man of Action Entertainment; in a statement accompanying Treehouse’s announcement of funding, he said he was “excited and proud to finally be able to bring this wonderful material to the screen.” XYZ Films is also representing worldwide rights for the project.

Justin Nappi, Treehouse president, added that he and Columbus “both feel strongly that strongly that Anders has the depth and vision needed to bring the amazing story and characters of I Kill Giants to life. As exemplified by his work in Helium and [earlier short] 9 Meter, Anders has a unique understanding of children and their uncanny ability to face life’s most difficult challenges.”

Courtesy of: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/chris-columbus-treehouse-pictures-adapt-783737

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