WB picks up “Bolivar” novel for animated feature

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Warner Bros. has picked up Sean Rubin’s upcom­ing graphic novel Boli­var for an intended ani­mated fea­ture film.

Irish film­maker Kealan O’Rourke has been attached to write and direct the project. Akiva Golds­man and Kerry Fos­ter will pro­duce the film through their Weed Road company.

Archaia Enter­tain­ment is the novel’s pub­lisher. Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy will be a pro­dud­cer as well.

The novel, writ­ten and illus­trated by Sean Rubin, is set for release in May 2013.

Boli­var is about Sybil, a young girl who moves to New York and learns that her neigh­bor is the novel’s title char­ac­ter, the last liv­ing dinosaur. Boli­var refuses to befriend Sybil’s in spite of her per­sis­tent efforts.

Sybil so des­per­ately wants Boli­var to explore the world with her, but the dinosaur is rather reclu­sive. Soon, Boli­var real­izes how impor­tant she if for him and that he would risk every­thing for her.

Last year, O’Rourke won a best ani­ma­tion prize at the Irish Film and Tele­vi­sion Awards for The Boy in the Bubble.

Los Angeles-based Archaia Enter­tain­ment is an Eis­ner Award-winning pub­lish­ing firm. Adap­ta­tions of other Archaia works are planned.

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