Sony Picks Up Scott McCloud’s Acclaimed Graphic Novel The Sculptor



After a relatively competitive bidding war between several studios, Sony has acquired the rights to adapt Scott McCloud’s acclaimed graphic novel The Sculptor.

And for good reason, McCloud is somewhat of a legend in the medium of comic books, having picked up multiple awards for his Understanding Comics and Making Comics not to mention the creation of comic series Zot! in the 80s. So, given that The Sculptor represents the writer’s first work of fiction in almost twenty years, it was almost inevitable that studios would stand up and take notice.

In essence, McCloud’s latest work revolves around a man who makes a deal with the Devil in order to become a world-famous sculptor for exactly 200 days. No more, no less. After that window of time expires, the character will meet his demise but when he falls in love with the girl of his dreams, complications soon come to the fore faster than expected.

From what we understand, Scott Rudin and Josh Bratman are on board to produce, and to gain a gist of what all the fuss is about, here’s a brief synopsis of The Sculptor‘s graphic novel courtesy of Amazon:

David Smith is giving his life for his art—literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn’t making it any easier!

This is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond; of the frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love; and a gorgeous, street-level portrait of the world’s greatest city. It’s about the small, warm, human moments of everyday life…and the great surging forces that lie just under the surface. Scott McCloud wrote the book on how comics work; now he vaults into great fiction with a breathtaking, funny, and unforgettable new work.

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