Dustin Lance Black Writing/Directing Adaptation of '3 Story'

June 1, 2010
Source: Heat Vision

Dustin Lance Black / 3 Story

Now this should be interesting. Heat Vision is reporting that Warner Bros has picked up rights to develop Matt Kindt's Dark Horse Comics graphic novel 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man into a feature. Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black will be writing the screenplay and directing the film, which is being produced by Dark Horse's Mike Richardson (My Name Is Bruce, Hellboy I & II). Black's directorial debut was another indie called What's Wrong With Virginia, but other than that we don't know much about his directing abilities, but if they're as good as his writing skills, then this could turn out great.

What would it be like to stand head and shoulders above everyone else -- and to keep growing? 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man is a modern fable, exploring the life of a giant man, Craig Pressgang, whose strange medical condition causes continuous growth. The tale is told from the point of view of three women - his mother, wife and daughter - and follows Craig's journey from birth to his eventual three-story height. The graphic novel also serves as an exploration of loneliness and love's changing nature. Heat Vision calls it "on the arty side and downbeat," but Black's take will be focused on the father-daughter relationship.

I guess I'm just fascinated by this because I think Dustin Lance Black is one of the greatest up-and-coming writers around and I want to see what he can do behind the lens, and because this concept (even as a graphic novel) is so intriguing. How are they going to create a guy that keeps growing? He's going to need some big visual effects or else he better use some sneaky indie techniques that other filmmakers like Michel Gondry or Spike Jonze would use. This kind of feels like the opposite of Benjamin Button, in terms of showing a guy getting bigger, not younger. You can buy a copy of the 3 Story graphic novel from Dark Horse if interested.

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What writing abilities? All he's done is a bad MTV movie called "Pedro" about a gay martyr and another one called "Milk," which had a decent script but was driven by performances. "Electric Kool Aid Acid Test" (good luck!) and a J. Edgar Hoover biopic (another gay film) haven't gone anywhere yet. Maybe because he can't write them? Add this one to his list of 'maybes'

Drake in LA on Jun 2, 2010


Ouch... I guess I liked Milk a lot more than you did. I think he's a lot better than you say he is, very underrated by most. Give it a shot, just wait and watch 3 Story develop, I think you'll come to eventually appreciate what he has to offer.

Alex Billington on Jun 2, 2010

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