Variety reported last night that the live action adaptation of Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura's 2008 graphic novel series I Kill Giants has received full financing come from Treehouse Pictures.
The adaptation will be directed by Danish filmmaker Anders Walter and the screenplay will be written by Joe Kelly. Walter won an Academy Award for the short film Helium, which he directed with Kim Magnusson, in 2014. Joe Kelly is a partner at Man of Action Entertainment, creators of the team and characters in Big Hero 6, and that turned out okay for everyone involved in that adaptation.
In a 2008 interview Joe Kelly described I Kill Giants,
It's a story about a girl who's a bit of an outsider - she's smart-assed and funny, but totally in our geekland: she's obsessed with Dungeons & Dragons, she doesn't have a lot of friends, she's a bit of a social misfit. She's taken her fantasy life a little far, and really only talks about giants to people. She's convinced that giants are real and giants are coming, and it's her responsibility to stop them when they show up. This weird little fantasy life that she's going has started seeping into her real life, and as we see things from her point of view, we see that she sees pixies and she sees signs in the clouds and other things that might be telling her that bad things might be coming.
Treehouse will also produce the film along with Chris Columbus' banner 1492 Pictures/Ocean Blue Entertainment banner, Man of Action Entertainment and XYZ Films. XYZ Films will handle worldwide sales of the project.
Casting is underway with a goal of starting production later this year.
You can watch Helium below.
(Todd Brown, founder and editor at ScreenAnarchy, is also a partner at XYZ Films. If I had not been trolling his feed last night this could have flown under my radar. All the leg work for this project was done by Kyle Franke at XYZ Films. I do not know him personally, but I know him to see him. He is a tall man with a more stylish beard than I)