Four Directors Set to Adapt Will Eisner's 'A Contract with God'
by Ethan Anderton
July 28, 2010
Though many will agree that The Spirit may indeed be one of the worst comic book movies of all-time, that doesn't take away any of writer Will Eisner's influence on graphic novels and their eventual acceptance as true form of literature. As a matter of fact, Eisner's graphic novel which brought credibility to the medium is now heading to the big screen. THR reports A Contract with God will be adapted into a live-action film with directors Alex Rivera (Sleep Dealer), Tze Chun (Children of Invention), Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy) and Sean Baker (Prince of Broadway) each helming one chapter of the story on screen.
A Contract with God is essentially the first illustrated story to break away from the comic book moniker to become the first graphic novel. The works within re-create the neighborhood of Will Eisner's youth through a quartet of four interwoven stories which express the joy, exuberance, tragedy, and drama of life on Dropsie Avenue in the Bronx. I cannot imagine such a seminal work will be easy to adapt to film and yet still appease fans of the classic graphic novel, but it will be interesting to see how this comes together. After all, it can't be any worse than the literal pile of shit that we saw on screen in The Spirit. Stay tuned! Anyone interested?