'Emo Boy' headed to big screen

Vanguard Films picks up rights to comic book series

John H. Williams and his Vanguard Films have picked up rights to the cult comic book series "Emo Boy," setting Kyle Newman to direct the adaptation. Stephen Edmond, the comic's writer-artist, is penning the screenplay.

Emo is a fashion and music style as well as emotional description of someone who is overly sensitive or angst-ridden. Published by Slave Labor Graphics, the satirical comic followed the travails of the most self-dramatizing young man in the history of the world, whose emotions were so intense he even had "emo powers."

Vanguard discovered the book at Comic-Con. Vanguard's Rob Moreland is overseeing.

The company hopes to make music a key component of the project, which has been described as being in the tone of "Napoleon Dynamite," "Harold and Maude" and "Zoolander."

Newman, repped by UTA and the Collective, is the helmer behind "Fanboys," the long-delayed comedy about "Star Wars" fans. The movie is due to open Feb. 6.