“Dope” Filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa to Write, Direct “Black Hole” Adaptation Produced by Brad Pitt

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Dope filmmaker has signed on to write and direct a feature adaptation of Charles Burns’ acclaimed graphic novel for New Regency and Brad Pitt’s company Plan B, the Tracking Board has confirmed.

Plan B will produce alongside Arnon Milchan of New Regency, which is financing the long-gestating project. David Fincher was once attached to direct the film when it was set up at Paramount, and horror director Alexandre Aja also took a stab at the challenging material.

Set in the ’70s in the Pacific Northwest, Black Hole follows a group of high school kids who contract a mysterious STD known as “the Bug” that causes physical mutations, leaving the community to deal with the fallout.

The story unfolded over the course of a decade via 12 illustrated issues that were collected into graphic novel form in 2005.

New Regency and Plan B previously worked together on 12 Years a Slave and The Big Short, and they have another Pitt movie on the way in James Gray’s sci-fi film Ad Astra. They’re also developing the drama Wrong Answer, which would reunite Ryan Coogler with his Fruitvale StationCreedBlack Panther star Michael B. Jordan.

Famuyiwa most recently directed Showtime’s pilot for The Chi. He previously directed the HBO movie Confirmation after breaking out with the Sundance sensation Dope. He’s represented by  and , and the Hollywood Reporter broke the news.

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