Sony grabs My Favorite Thing Is Monsters for feature adaptation

Contributed by
Mar 31, 2017

Here's a cool creature feature crawling down the creative pipeline from Hollywood. Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to first-time graphic novelist Emil Ferris' My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, a '60s-set horror fable about a monster and horror-loving young girl who attempts to solve a local murder mystery.

With Stranger Things and IT selling a healthy dose of nostalgia, studios are looking for the next hot genre property, and Sony won the bidding war for this acclaimed two-part graphic novel published by Fantagraphics Press. The sequential story is told through a series of panels from 10-year-old Karen Reyes' phantasmagoric diary sketchbook. She's the inquisitive, monster-drawing mixed-race resident of Uptown Chicago who attempts to unravel the unsolved case of the death of an upstairs neighbor.

Here's the official description:

“Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.”

Ellis spent over six years creating this unusual piece of art and literature and Sony hopes its unique properties will translate well to the silver screen. Fantagraphics published the first volume in February and will release the conclusion edition in October.

(Via Coming Soon)