Oscar-nominated screenwriter Daniel Clowes is adapting his Eisner-winning story Death Ray for Jack Black’s Black and White production company. Variety says Black will produce and take a small role.
Death Ray was published in the most recent issue of Clowes’ “Eightball” comic. Clowes plans to update the protagonist from a teenager to an older man who has to deal with having super powers while living a normal suburban life.
“I like the idea of him as a cranky 48-year-old man,” Clowes said. “Using his powers to throw kids off his lawn.”
No helmer is officially attached yet.
Clowes is also developing an adaptation of Rudy Rucker’s Master of Space and Time, with helmer Michel Gondry, who owns the rights. He most recently wrote Art School Confidential and was nominated for an Academy Award with Terry Zwigoff for their Ghost World screenplay.