Eccentric author and illustrator Daniel Clowes twice adapted his own funny-sad comic books to the screen for director Terry Zwigoff. Before 2006’s “Art School Confidential,” there was “Ghost World,” the 2001 cult classic starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson as a pair of misanthropic misfits drifting out of high school and through their hilariously pathetic suburban wasteland world.
Well, in a new interview with The Guardian, Clowes admits that he may want to revisit the beloved “Ghost World” characters that got him a screenplay Oscar nom (which, by the by, he should have won). Before appearing in book form in 1997, the “Ghost World” story was serialized throughout the ’90s in his “Eightball” series, which gets the anthology treatment this July.
“I’ve thought about doing the ‘Ghost World’ girls as adults,” Clowes says. “I think one day I may just revisit all the characters. I may do something where they get together in some way, just to see what would happen.” If that happened, would Terry Zwigoff want to revisit Enid and Rebecca in a film version, too? Probably not for now. Daniel Clowes says that after 10 years of screenwriting, “all I want to do is sit at the drawing board.” That 2013 Shia LaBeouf plagiarism scandal may have turned him off the Hollywood enterprise, understandably.
But Clowes does have one more return to feature film coming up. He recently penned a screenplay adaptation of his own 2010 curmudgeon comic “Wilson,” which “Skeleton Twins” director Craig Johnson is set to helm. Woody Harrelson will play the titular loner, a socially inept California loner who sets out to rekindle his relationship with his junkie ex-wife, played by Laura Dern, after he learns he has a teenage daughter.