Paramount Picks Up SLG's Agnes Quill Graphic Novel
by Alex Billington
October 30, 2008
Paramount has picked up the rights to SLG Publishing's graphic novel Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery written by Dave Roman and first published in 2006. Thor Freudenthal, of the upcoming Hotel for Dogs, will direct this adaptation, while Evan Spiliotopoulos, of Art Heist and Terra, will write the screenplay. The graphic novel tells the story of Agnes Quill, who upon turning 16 inherits an estate, and the ability to see and communicate with the dead, from her grandfather. This is one of the first projects producer Adam Goodman has started since DreamWorks split with Paramount. Sounds interesting?
Agnes Quill is the story of a teenage detective, the haunted city she lives in, the strange cases she solves, and the ghosts who help, hinder, or just plain annoy her. Set in Legerdemain a congested, fog-filled, cobblestone-paved Victorian city built around a cemetery the size of Central Park Agnes adventures include confrontations with trapped spirits, cursed souls, possessed relatives, disappearing pets, decapitated scientists, ambitious zombies, and a mess of other supernatural oddities.
Although I don't like the talent behind this yet, I do like the story. Or at least it seems like something fun. I'm not sure if this will be turned into something aimed more at kids, e.g. a PG-13 kind of ghost story, or something else more adult. In concept it just sounds like a creepy story about a 16-year-old ghost hunter, which is why I'm leaning towards the former. The graphic novel seems to have some supporters and sounds like a good read, but not too many people are familiar with it. That also might give this the edge in being adapted for the big screen because it doesn't have to follow the graphic novel exactly. Thoughts?