The British I Kill Giants film, based on the graphic novel created by writer Joe Kelly and artist Ken Niimura, will get its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
I Kill Giants, first published by Image Comics, tells the story of Barbara Thorson, an acerbic fifth-grader so consumed with fantasy that she doesn’t just tell people that she kills giants with an ancient Norse warhammer – she starts to believe it herself. The reasons for Barbara’s troubled behaviour are revealed through the course of the book, as she learns to reconcile her fantasy life with the real world.
Illustrated by J.M. Ken Niimura, the graphic novel won a Gaiman Award in 2013 (an overseas manga award selected by readers); the International Manga Award in 2012; was named to the “Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens” in 2010 by the Young Adult Library Services Association; as well as “Best Indy Book of 2008” by IGN; and was an Eisner Award finalist.
The film, scripted by Joe Kelly, marks the debut of Danish director Anders Walter and stars Madison Wolfe as the film’s lead, Barbara Thorson, and Zoe Saldana as her her school psychologist.
Imogen Poots also stars in the film.
Shot in Ireland and Belgium last year (Joe flew in to last year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival from the Irish shoot), I Kill Giants was produced by Chris Columbus through his 1492 Pictures/ Ocean Blue Entertainment, along with Kim Magnusson, Kyle Franke, Man of Action Entertainment, Umedia, and XYZ Films.