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Comic-Con 2012: My Friend Dahmer Graphic Novel Coming to the Screen

Ibid Filmworks is poised to produce My Friend Dahmer, John “Derf” Backderf’s autobiographical graphic novel that follows Jeffrey Dahmer from age 12, when he was a shy, bespectacled kid, right up to the day he kills his first victim two weeks after high school graduation.

Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm is partnering with Ibid Filmworks on the project.  

Set in the bizarre world of 1970s suburbia, Jeff Dahmer, a troubled teenager, descends into darkness as his divorcing parents, high school teachers, and peers stand by and do nothing. Told through the eyes of his friend Derf, this is a touching, realistic look at some oddball teens trying to find their identities in the tumultuous 1970′s.

A press release explains, “although there are macabre elements to this story, this will be less a horror film and more a coming-of-age tale of teenagers teetering on the abyss.”  Think, Welcome to the Dollhouse meets Dazed and Confused by way of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

Indie publisher Abrams ComicArts released this critically acclaimed best seller in March. The graphic novel recalls Dahmer’s isolation, binge drinking, bizarre behavior to get attention, and his disturbing fascination with roadkill. Derf and his friends created the Dahmer Fan Club and encouraged Dahmer to act out, including fake epileptic fits and his imitation of a cerebral palsy victim.

The role of a teenage Jeffrey Dahmer is a star-making role with huge breakthrough potential for the right young actor. The last actor to get into Dahmer’s skin was Jeremy Renner in 2002′s DAHMER; he was rewarded with an Independent Spirit Award nomination that helped launch his career.