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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