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