It's one of the finest examples of graphic literature published in the last 20 years and a moving emotional portrait of the friendship between two girls as they reluctantly mature into adults. Daniel Clowes created a deceptively quiet narrative with his serialized comic book story GHOST WORLD, and the resulting novel is all the more riveting for its simplicity and honesty.
Now GHOST WORLD is heading to movie theaters as a feature film adaptation directed and co-scripted by Terry Zwigoff in collaboration with Clowes. Starring Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, and Steve Buscemi, the film debuts July 20, 2001 in select theaters. The movie is also getting a special screening at the San Diego Comic-Con next week, and the production is sure to create a resurgence of interest in the original graphic novel. Well, it should anyway.
For those who can't get enough GHOST WORLD, the official film website will go public early next week at www.ghostworld-the movie.com. Designed by Clowes himself, the site is a Flash-animated tour de force, with cast & crew information, release dates and production notes, video clips, soundtrack details, and background on the original comic book stories that inspired the movie. Through it all, the site preserves Clowes' unique style of illustration and careful use of a limited color palette.
And no, there are no ghosts in the film...that we know about.