Director Rick Famuyiwa (‘Dope’,’The Wood’) has just taken on a huge cinematic project and he will be bringing the iconic graphic novel ‘Black Hole’ to life! Charles Burns started to release this 12-issue comic in 1995 which was finalized as a graphic novel in 2005. Ever since it was released there has been a film in the works in one form or another which just hasn’t been able to see the light of the day.
The source material throws us back into the 70s when a group of teens experiences a new sexually transmitted disease being spread around called “the Bug.” If you catch it, you end up manifesting grotesque mutations. Burns has often said that these mutations can be a metaphor for “adolescence, sexual awakening and the transition into adulthood.”
Initially, Alexandre Aja was attached to the project, and both Neil Gaiman and Roger Avery have tried working on a script. Later, David Fincher was said to be working on it for Paramount, but he dropped out of the project back in 2010. At this time, Plan B and New Regency are working together to have this movie see the light of day.
The graphic novel has a huge cult following and also had won a Harvey Award, an Ignatz Award, and an Eisner Award. Needless to say, nailing this will be essential for fans of the work though Famuyiwa could be the perfect choice for how well he did on ‘Dope.’
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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.
As we inhabit the heads of several key characters — some kids who have it, some who don’t, some who are about to get it — what unfolds isn’t the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness to it, or even to treat it. What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high school alienation itself — the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape.
And then the murders start.