DOPE Director Rick Famuyiwa is Set to Direct Horrific Thriller BLACK HOLE
Dope director Rick Famuyiwa has been hired to write and direct a new film called Black Hole, which is based on the dark and twisted graphic novel written by Charles Burns.
The story is a fantasy thriller that is set in the Pacific Northwest during the 1970s and "follows a group of high schoolers who contract a mysterious, apparently sexually transmitted disease known as 'The Bug.' As this syndrome causes unique physical mutations, their community struggles to cope with the emotional and psychological disruption."
I thought Dope was a great film and this next project seems like it could be an interesting project for him to take on. It's definitely a very different kind of story and genre than anything he's really done before, and I'm curious to see what he does with it. This is such a crazy story that should make for a really good movie!
Here's a full story description for the graphic novel:
The setting: suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the outset that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways — from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) — but once you’ve got it, that’s it. There’s no turning back.
As we inhabit the heads of several key characters — some kids who have it, some who don’t, some who are about to get it — what unfolds isn’t the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness to it , or even to treat it. What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high school alienation itself — the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape.
And then the murders start.
As hypnotically beautiful as it is horrifying, Black Hole transcends its genre by deftly exploring a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it- back when it wasn’t exactly cool to be a hippie anymore, but Bowie was still just a little too weird.
To say nothing of sprouting horns and molting your skin…