For almost two decades now, Sam Mendes has been establishing himself as one of the most visually poetic and talented filmmakers of his generation. Starting off with 1999’s American Beauty, the filmmaker made a name for himself with thought-provoking, often tragic dramas like Road to Perdition, Jarhead, and Revolutionary Road. And now it looks as though Mendes is currently in early talks to direct Sony’s feature film adaptation of My Favorite Thing is Monsters. This news comes also following last week’s announcement that the studio was moving forward on an adaptation of the property.
This would, of course, be Mendes’s first film following his stint directing two Bond films (Skyfall and Spectre) back to back. Since then, not much has been said or released about what Mendes will do next, though, it looks like the director might have just found his next project.
Deadline reports that while nothing is official as of yet, if talks are finalized, the film — based on the graphic novel by Emil Ferris — will be the director’s next/ Bradley Gallo and Michael Helfant are currently lined up to produce the film for Amasia Entertainment, while Palak Patel will be overseeing for Columbia Pictures
Set in Chicago during the 1960s and heavily inspired by B-movies, My Favorite Thing is Monsters was Ferris’s debut into the graphic novel world. It follows the diary entries of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, as she begins to investigate the murder of her next door neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, which takes Karen into the details of Anka’s life in Nazi Germany. All this is happening while the stories and lives of the present-day people around her begin to unfold and converge.
My Favorite Thing is Monsters has an interesting look and vibe to it that makes it stand out directly from some of the other new, popular titles populating the graphic novel industry right now. Karen populates her diary with iconography from B-movies and popular 1960s magazines, which could give Mendes some very interesting visual opportunities with this adaptation, should he choose to direct it. While some people have their issues with his films, there’s no denying his skills as a visual filmmaker alone, which could make him the right pick for this adaptation, should it come in to fruition in the next few years.
We will keep you posted on My Favorite Thing Is Monsters as this project develops.