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Read It Before They Screen It: Sleeper, Cryptozoo Crew, and Julius

Tom Cruise and director Sam Raimi are teaming up to bring Ed Brubaker's graphic novel series Sleeper to the big screen.

[Story] enters on an operative whose fusion with an alien artifact makes him impervious to pain and allows him to pass it on to others through skin contact. He is placed undercover in a villainous organization by an intelligence agency and falls for a member of the group, named Miss Misery.

"Brubaker smoothly handles the knotty plot lines, and convincingly sells the more outlandish elements," praises Booklist

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Feature film rights have been picked up to the graphic novel Cryptozoo Crew from Allan Gross and Jerry Carr.

Plot revolves around a member of a secret organization charged with protecting the identity of strange and rare animals classified as Cryptids. He teams with a beautiful doctor to protect a one-of-a-kind species from falling into the wrong hands.

"More lighthearted than some other graphic novels out there," reveals School Library Journal, "this one fills the goofy niche nicely."

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Anthony Johnston's graphic novel Julius has been acquired by Mandaly Pictures with F. Gary Gray set to direct.

Variety reports:

Written by Antony Johnston and illustrated by Brett Weldele, Julius is a contempo urban crime adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

Mandalay prexy Cathy Schulman said that Gray "has a vision for this adaptation that will satirize obsessive consumerism while providing a thrilling ride for audiences."

"Johnston blends modern British street vernacular with the flowery meter of Shakespeare, and it makes for a curious result," declares The Fourth Rail.

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Tavis adds content and edits images for Powells.com. His favorite books are original screenplays, and his favorite movies are based on books. Go figure.


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