Oscar-nominated screenwriter Drew Goddard (The Martian) is set to adapt Nick Drnaso’s acclaimed graphic novel Sabrina with an eye toward directing the project for New Regency and RT Features, Collider has learned.
New Regency will finance Sabrina, which Goddard will produce along with RT’s Rodrigo Teixeira and New Regency’s Arnon Milchan.
The film follows a man whose girlfriend, Sabrina, goes missing, prompting him to live with his old friend — an Air Force surveillance expert who is dealing with his own failed marriage. After a grisly videotape is anonymously sent to news outlets, Sabrina’s disappearance goes viral. As the 24-hour news cycle and social media take hold of the story, the two men are targeted by vitriolic conspiracy theorists who threaten their sense of the truth and their faith in each other.
Drnaso’s graphic novel was published in May 2018 by Drawn & Quarterly. In July 2018, Sabrina became the first graphic novel to be long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Sabrina also made The New York Times‘ “100 Notable Books of the Year,” The Guardian’s “Best Books of 2018,” NPR’s “Best Books of 2018,” The Atlantic’s “19 Best Books of 2018,” and was praised by The New Yorker and championed by author Zadie Smith. In addition to Sabrina, Drnaso’s debut novel, Beverly, received The Los Angeles Times book prize for Best Graphic Novel.
Goddard’s past credits include the TV series The Good Place, Daredevil, and Defenders. He was also nominated for an Oscar for writing The Martian, based on the novel by Andy Weir. Goddard most recently wrote, directed, and produced Bad Times at the El Royale. He’s represented by UTA, which also reps Drnaso.
RT Features and New Regency previously partnered on James Gray’s upcoming Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones and Donald Sutherland, and Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe for A24.
RT Features recently announced they are re-teaming with Luca Guadagnino on Blood on the Tracks, which is based on Bob Dylan’s 1975 album of the same name. The company is already in production on Olivier Assayas’ Wasp Network starring Edgar Ramírez, Penélope Cruz, Wagner Moura, Gael García Bernal and Ana de Armas.
New Regency is coming off the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, which has grossed over $800 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing drama of all time.