Gore Verbinski has been directing blockbuster films for almost a decade, but he may be returning to smaller material. According to Deadline, Verbinski has teamed with New Regency to direct an adaptation of the graphic novel Pyongyang by Guy Deslisle. The memoir follows the French-Canadian cartoonist’s travels through North Korea after obtaining a work visa (a rarity for a Westerner) for his job on a children’s cartoon show (I don’t know the name of the show but I assume it was Kim Jong-Il’s Super Fun Time Worship Your Beloved Supreme Leader Happy Hour; that’s a rough translation since my Korean is a little rusty). Deslisle’s trip becomes more complicated when he’s accused of espionage because of course he is.
This sounds like a fun project for Verbinski, and also a return to his smaller-scale films like The Weather Man and Mouse Hunt. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the graphic novel. Verbinski’s next film, The Lone Ranger, opens July 3rd.