Sony, Scott Rudin Team Up for Acclaimed Graphic Novel 'The Sculptor' (Exclusive)

The Scott McCloud graphic novel is the artist's first work of fiction in 20 years.
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Coming out on top of a competitive situation, Sony has picked up the rights to The Sculptor, the new and well-received graphic novel from Scott McCloud, for an adaptation to be produced by Scott Rudin.

Josh Bratman, who has worked on such films such as Captain Philips and the Fright Night remake, will also produce.

McCloud is known for his Eisner and Harvey Awards-winning works such as 1993’s Understanding Comics and Making Comics, which examine the comics medium. He also created the teen sci-fi comic Zot! in the 1980s.

Sculptor, which is his first work of fiction in over 20 years, centers on an artist, destitute and living on the streets, who makes a deal with Death: the power to create with his hands, but after 200 days, his time on Earth is up. Art begins to flow from his hands but complications ensue when he meets the girl of his dreams.

The graphic novel hit shelves on February 3 from First Second Books, and already has readers praising how it tackles themes of humankind’s unending need to create art and to love.

Rudin is currently in production on Steve Jobs, the biopic starring Michael Fassbender, and is in post on Aloha, the latest film from Cameron Crowe

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