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Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel Patience to be adapted for film

The cult artist behind Ghost World and Wilson will write the screenplay for his ‘psychedelic science-fiction love story’

Daniel Clowes, the graphic novelist behind cult comic Ghost World, will see his recent graphic story Patience adapted for the big screen. Clowes will also write the screenplay for the work called an “indescribable psychedelic science-fiction love story”.

The critically acclaimed Patience, which made it onto The New York Times Best Seller List for 19 weeks, traces the life of Jack, who’s wife Patience is murdered. Following ten years of guilt and mourning, Jack steals a time machine that lets him ride back into his wife’s past, delving into a psychedelic journey assessing mortality and self.

“In many ways I was trying to write my own religion,” Clowes told Seattle News when Patience first hit the shelves. “If I had to imagine what the fabric of the universe was like, what you would see behind the curtains of reality, this was it.”

Focus Features announced their acquisition of the book’s film rights, according to Variety, and confirmed Clowes was heading up the screenplay. It was the adaptation of his adored and angsty Ghost World, starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson as the pseudo-intellectual misfit teens, that saw Clowes become an Oscar nominee for the best adapted screenplay in 2001. He also wrote the screenplay for Wilson, the cinematic version of his graphic novel of the same name. Wilson is due out in cinemas later in 2017.