Christopher Sebela, Robert Wilson IV, and Nick Filardi's Oni Press title Heartthrob has been optioned for a TV adaptation by Studio 8 and the new shingle Felix Culpa, reports Deadline. Oni Press' Oni Entertainment division is onboard as a producer.
“It’s definitely a love story centering around crime,” Sebela told Newsarama back in March 2016. “It started as a crime book, but once Callie and Mercer became fleshed out, the story of them falling in love and what spills out of that became way more interesting, so I just flipped everything around in my head."
Felix Culpa is a new production company launched by actress Riley Keough and producer Gina Gammell. Heartthrob is one of three projects the company will work on first, alongside the prose novel Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millett and The Curse of Beauty: The Scandalous & Tragic Life of Aubrey Munson, America's First Supermodel by James Bone.
“Gina and I are so excited to launch Felix Culpa with three distinctive, character-driven stories,” said Keough. “We are, very simply, lovers of film and literature. Our company is dedicated to developing material that gives a voice to talent and stories that deserve attention and need to be heard.”
“While Riley and I are interested in telling all kinds of human stories, as women filmmakers, we are proud that the first three projects out of the gate for Felix Culpa happen to feature wild, complicated, intelligent female protagonists," added Gammell. "We look forward to discovering new, compelling material to bring to the screen.”