Jeff Lemire’s ‘Essex County’ is Being Adapted for the Small Screen

Essex County Jeff Lemire

Essex County, the best-selling (and critically-acclaimed) graphic novel trilogy written and illustrated by Jeff Lemire will be adapted for television by First Generation Films.

According to a press release on Lemire’s website, the series is currently being developed by Canadian television network CBC, which makes sense seeing as the comic is set in an imaginary version of Lemire’s hometown: Essex County, Ontario.

The pilot will be penned by fellow Canadian Aaron Martin, whose writing credits include Degrassi: The Next Generation and Killjoys.

Where does a young boy turn when his whole world suddenly disappears? What turns two brothers from an unstoppable team into a pair of bitterly estranged loners? How does the simple-hearted care of one middle-aged nurse reveal the scars of an entire community, and can anything heal the wounds caused by a century of deception?

Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire pays tribute to his roots with Essex County, an award-winning trilogy of graphic novels set in an imaginary version of his hometown, the eccentric farming community of Essex County, Ontario, Canada.

In Essex County, Lemire crafts an intimate study of one community through the years, and a tender meditation on family, memory, grief, secrets, and reconciliation. With the lush, expressive inking of a young artist at the height of his powers, Lemire draws us in and sets us free.

(via io9)

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