Jeff Lemire’s acclaimed Essex County trilogy, published by Top Shelf, is currently in development as a feature film. Variety had the news Monday, but no one would blame if you missed it, given the inscrutable headline “Helming bow for f/x whiz Dykstra.”
What that means is that veteran visual effects supervisor John Dykstra is making his directorial debut with Super Zero, based on the first part of the Essex trilogy, Tales From the Farm. The movie is slated to be live action with, naturally, heavy visual effects.
Dykstra resume includes shared Oscar wins for obscure art films Star Wars and Spider-Man 2, and has recently worked on Inglorious Basterds and this weekend’s X-Men: First Class.
Meanwhile, Lemire — currently working on Vertigo’s Sweet Tooth and Superboy for DC proper — is being reported by Bleeding Cool as writing an Animal Man series starting in September, post-Flashpoint. And he’s not exactly discouraging those rumors.