Revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, Aperture Entertainment has picked up rights to the Cronenberg-esque fairytale graphic novel Upgrade Soul published by Lion Forge and written/illustrated by Ezra Claytan Daniels. Aperture's Adam Goldworm is attached to produce the film. Goldworm is known for taking on the film adaptation of the graphic novel My Friend Dahmer.
Upgrade Soul tells the story of Hank and Molly Nonnar. For their 45th anniversary, the elderly couple decide to undergo an experimental rejuvenation procedure, but their hopes for youth are dashed when the couple is faced with the results: severely disfigured yet intellectually and physically superior duplicates of themselves. Can the original Hank and Molly coexist in the same world as their clones?
Upgrade Soul asks probing questions about what shapes our identity - Is it the capability of our minds or the physicality of our bodies? Is a newer, better version of yourself still you? This page-turning graphic novel follows Hank and Molly as they discover the harsh truth that only one version of themselves is fated to survive.
Goldworm spoke with Daniels about his influences with the writer-artist citing Charles Burnett, Claire Denis and Cronenberg as influences.
“I was at my mom’s house in Sioux City, Iowa and got an email from a guy who said he’d just missed me there but picked up the book and loved it,” said Daniels via email. “It was the producer of My Friend Dahmer. I sleep in a vintage slipstream camper in my mom’s backyard when I visit, and that night in the camper I streamed the movie on my iPad with a glass of whiskey at my side, and I have to say, it was a pretty transcendent experience. I emailed Adam the next day and I was like, ‘Yes, let’s meet.’”
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