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Joe Kelly on trans­form­ing I Kill Gi­ants from comic to Hol­ly­wood block­buster

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“Ev­ery­body is putting the story first, which is a really unique thing in Hol­ly­wood.” Af­ter pub­lish­ing it as an Im­age se­ries in 2008, Joe Kelly is now adapt­ing I Kill Gi­ants for the big screen. The Dead­pool scribe al­ways en­vis­aged his story for the cin­ema, hav­ing orig­i­nally penned it as a spec­u­la­tive film script.

“The screen­play has ex­isted for al­most as long as the comic,” says Kelly, who has en­joyed al­most un­prece­dented cre­ative free­dom. “I’ve been one hun­dred per cent in­volved, and ev­ery­body knows that there is no movie with­out me.”

De­scribed as “a story about chil­dren, but for ev­ery­body,” the film is set to star Zoe Sal­dana as school psy­chol­o­gist Mrs Mollé and Madi­son Wolfe as her young pa­tient, who re­treats into an imag­i­nary world where she be­lieves she is ac­tu­ally tasked with killing gi­ants.

“It re­quires a cer­tain amount of fear­less­ness to put a kid in a cer­tain sit­u­a­tion that’s emo­tion­ally chal­leng­ing, and is still go­ing to ter­rify an au­di­ence,” says Kelly, who is work­ing closely with Dan­ish di­rec­tor An­ders Wal­ter, whose sim­i­larly themed He­lium won Best Short Film at the 2014 Os­cars. “His work deals with what hap­pens when you’re young, and you feel kind of help­less be­fore gain­ing a kind of em­pow­er­ment. His films have this dream­like, vis­ual im­agery that’s per­fect for Gi­ants, which is about a girl who has a very rich fan­tasy life.”

I Kill Gi­ants will be re­leased at a fu­ture date by Tree­house Pic­tures.

Those gi­ants don’t stand a chance.

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