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Focus Features Acquires Daniel Clowes’ Graphic Novel ‘Patience’

Deadline logo Deadline 12/13/2016 Anita Busch
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Focus Features has acquired the film rights to Daniel Clowes’ best-selling graphic novel Patience. Clowes, who garnered an Oscar nomination for adapting his comic Ghost World as a feature in 2001, will adapt his book for the big screen. The novel is about sacrifices in the name of love. When his wife Patience is murdered, Jack falls into a deep pit of anger, grief, and guilt. Ten years later, he learns of a time machine that might allow him to fix things. From there, he plunges into a psychedelic journey through Patience’s past and the events that shaped her into the woman he knew and loved.

Published by Fantagraphics in March 2016, the novel was on The New York Times’ bestseller’s list for 19 weeks Focus holds worldwide rights to Patience.

Clowes scripted Ghost World with director Terry Zwigoff. His other credits include his adaptation of his graphic novel Wilson, which was directed by Craig Johnson and stars Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. Wilson will be released in March 2017 by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Clowes’ other works include the comics series Eightball, the graphic  novel David Boring and the short story collection Caricature.

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