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Drawn Together: Graphic Novels and the Cinema. (Film)

Magazine article Book

Drawn Together: Graphic Novels and the Cinema. (Film)

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I THINK STUDIOS ARE RUNNING out of source material," says Allen Hughes, who, along with his brother Albert, directed Johnny Depp and Heather Graham in From Hell. "So it's only natural the studios will want to tap a new source for material." One of those sources is graphic novels. From Hell, a take on Jack the Ripper's gruesome crime spree, is based on the top-selling graphic novel by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. It follows Ghost World, last summer's film adaptation of Daniel Clowes' underground hit, and a spate of others are on the way: Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner's The Road to Perdition (starring Tom Hanks and directed by American Beauty's Sam Mendes) is due out next summer, and Mike Mignola's Hellboy, Batton Lash's Supernatural Law, Greg Rucka's Whiteout and Neil Gaiman's Death: The High Cost of Living are in the works.

Longer and more literary than their comic-book cousins, graphic novels are just that: lengthy, developed stories told through pictures. …

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