While Randall Park charms us as Agent Jimmy Woo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his next comic-book-inspired project takes us back to the world of indie comics in a big way.
EW reports the actor will make his directorial debut with an adaptation of Adrian Tomine‘s Shortcomings. The graphic novel — originally published in issues #9-11 of Optic Nerve — centers on three Bay Area residents as they “navigate interpersonal relationships and travel the country searching for ideal connections.” And if you ever read any of Tomine’s work, those relationships and connections could seem small, but are often seismic in their way. Tomine will adapt the comic book into a screenplay for Park. Michael Golamco and Hieu Ho will produce.
“I am such a huge fan of Adrian’s work, and I’m very excited to team with him and Roadside Attractions on this updated, modern take of Shortcomings,” said Park in a statement. “In these characters, I see versions of Asian Americans in my own life — the ones I love and the ones I just kind of tolerate.”
Tomine has been on the indie comics scene since 1991, when he began self-publishing Optic Nerve. Drawn and Quarterly became his publisher in 1995, releasing the self-published issues as 32 Stories and starting a new volume of the series. Initially a continuation of his established short story format, Tomine took a break in 2001, but returned in 2004 with the first part of Shortcomings and continuing to tell new stories on and off ever since.