Sam Mendes In Early Talks to Develop 'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters'

Posted 2017/04/05 0 0

The 51-year-old director is reportedly in the early stages of discussions to develop the project through his Neal Street banner and will potentially sit in the director's chair for the upcoming adaptation of the critically acclaimed graphic novel of the same name, according to


For almost two decades now, Sam Mendes has been establishing himself as one of the most visually poetic and talented filmmakers of his generation. Starting off with 1999’s American Beauty, the filmmaker made a name for himself with thought-provoking, often tragic dramas like Road to Perdition, Jarhead, and Revolutionary Road. And now it looks as though Mendes is currently in early talks to direct Sony’s feature film adaptation of My Favorite Thing is Monsters. This news comes also following last week’s announcement that the studio was moving forward on an adaptation of the property.

Deadline reports that while nothing is official as of yet, if talks are finalized, the film, based on the graphic novel by Emil Ferris, will be the director’s next/ Bradley Gallo and Michael Helfant are currently lined up to produce the film for Amasia Entertainment, while Palak Patel will be overseeing for Columbia Pictures. The story is set in Chicago during the late ’60s and is about a 10-year-old girl who loves monsters and tries to solve the case of a neighbor who was murdered.

Here is the official description: “Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.”

Since revealing that he will no longer be involved with the “James Bond” franchise following “Spectre”, Mendes has been figuring out what his next venture may be. He was developing “The Voyeur’s Motel”, but those plans stalled out after an issue with the rights. Mendes is also attached to direct a reboot of the children’s tale “James and the Giant Peach” as well as “Beautiful Ruins” for Fox 2000. He also has the Jane Austen pic “Lost in Austen” that he is on board to produce for Sony.

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