Keenspot’s Graphic Novel ‘Dreamless’ Gets a Film Adaptation


Two months after debuting the musical “Marry Me,” starring Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson and Maluma, Bobby Crosby is getting another one of his Keenspot graphic novels adapted for the big screen. Israeli producer Uri Singer has secured the film and television rights to “Dreamless,” a Keenspot graphic novel by Crosby illustrated by Sarah Ellerton.

“Dreamless,” which was first a Keenspot webcomic in 2009 before being collected into a graphic novel, has been read by more than four million people worldwide. It’s a romance about an American girl and a Japanese boy, born on the same day in 1923. Ever since they were born, they somehow changed their minds in their sleep, experiencing each other’s lives instead of dreaming. Then their relationship is tested during World War II as adults. The project is currently looking for talent.

“I love ‘Dreamless’,” Singer said Variety. “We can’t wait to bring this beautiful, high-level historical romance to the screen.”

Singer, known for co-producing the biopic “Tesla” with Ethan Hawke and producing the sci-fi film “Marjorie Prime” alongside director and writer Michael Almereyda, is currently expanding his IP roster. Singer dives into the rapidly growing market for popular webcomics and comics, while retaining the rights to books such as Don DeLillo’s “The Silence,” Kurt Vonnegut’s “Hocus Pocus,” and Vladimir Nabokov’s “Invitation to a Beheading.” .

“I’ve always thought the best medium for this story was film, and I’m thrilled that people are experiencing it the way they should,” Crosby added.

Keenspot co-founder and CEO Chris Crosby will serve as executive producer for the online comics portal, alongside “Dreamless” creator Isen Robbins and Intrinsic Value Film & TV’s Aimee Schoof (“The Last Thing Mary Saw”, “Blue Caprice”) and Singer through its TaleFlick Productions banner.

Crosby’s “Marry Me” is considered the first North American webcomic to be adapted into a wide-release theatrical feature film. The Universal Pictures film shot to the top of the streaming charts on Valentine’s Day. Adapted by “She-Hulk” director Kat Coiro, “Marry Me” currently holds a 60% critics score and a 92% audience score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. So far, it is Peacock’s best-performing day-and-date release title on the streaming platform.

Keenspot’s other webcomic-to-screen adaptation in development is “Grubbs,” an all-ages story inspired by “Calvin & Hobbes” and “Dennis the Menace.” MJ Offen will write the anime series adaptation and serve as showrunner, co-producing with Keenspot’s Chris Crosby, Bobby Crosby and “Grubbs” creator Max Weaver. Keenspot comics are exclusively distributed to bookstores by Simon & Schuster and to comic book stores by Diamon Comic Distributors, Inc.

Executive producers “Dreamless” Robbins and Schoof are replaced by Ramo Law; Singer is replaced by Carissa Knol at Knol Law PC.


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