The Secret Language of Comics

Kindred being adapted for television

After spring break, we’ll be reading the comics adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s novel Kindred. Just a few days ago, FX announced that they are moving forward with a TV adaptation of of the novel from Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (who adapted the comic The Watchmen for HBO), Darren Aronofsky, and Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields. The FX exec has such an odd quote praising this TV adaptation, given that it’s literally a story about time travel: “Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has done a phenomenal job of adapting ‘Kindred’ for FX and honoring the legacy and timeless value of Octavia Butler’s groundbreaking novel.” I wonder if whichever PR writer who wrote the press release has ever read the book.