EXCLUSIVE: Pork director Michael Sarnoski is set to write and direct the feature film adaptation of sabrinawhich is based on the graphic novel by Nick Drnaso, from New Regency and RT Features.
New Regency is producing alongside RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira. New Regency will fund the project. Sources close to Sarnoski say it won’t be his next film as he is expected to do the A silent place spinoff his next directorial gig.
The graphic novel follows a grieving man whose girlfriend has disappeared and goes to live with his old friend – an expert Air Force surveillance agent who is dealing with a failed marriage. After a gruesome videotape is sent anonymously to the media, Sabrina’s disappearance goes viral. As the 24-hour news cycle and social media take over the story, the pair are targeted by vitriolic conspiracy theorists who threaten their sense of truth and faith in each other. ‘other.
Sarnoski’s star has been on the rise since he directed last year Pork, which earned star Nicolas Cage some of his best reviews in recent years and earned Sarnoksi accolades. The film is 97% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and Sarnoski received the National Board of Review Award for Best First Picture as well as a Best Feature Film nomination at the Gotham Awards. It was also nominated for the Someone to Watch award from the Independent Spirit Awards in addition to Best First Screenplay, as well as names and wins from dozens of critics associations.
Pork was so well received that it would be a big reason why John Krasinski and Paramount chose Sarnoksi for the new A silent place pic, which he plans to shoot as his next project. He is represented by WME, MGMT Entertainment and attorney Derek Kroeger.
The Drnaso Graphic Novel sabrina was published in May 2018 by Drawn & Quarterly. Two months later, sabrina became the first graphic novel to make the Man Booker Prize long list. sabrina is on the year-end best list for the New York Times, The Guardian, NPR and Atlantic. Drnaso’s first novel, beverlymoved back Los Angeles Time Book Award for Best Graphic Novel. He is represented by UTA.
RT Features and New Regency have previously teamed up for James Gray’s AdAstra, with Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones and Donald Sutherland, and Robert Eggers’ Lighthouse, with Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe for A24.