News broke last week that TKO Studios will adapt The Banks – a graphic novel by Roxane Gay – for film adaptation. The Banks “tells the story of three generations of female master thieves in Chicago who must mend their differences to embark on a heist of a lifetime and avenge a loved one taken too soon.”
Image via TKO Studios
The Banks Will Be A Heist Film
The graphic novel The Banks written by Roxane Gay and illustrated by Ming Doyle came out in 2019. A classic heist tale with a feminist twist, it seems rife for a film adaptation. TKO Studios will partner with Macro – a production company dedicated to telling stories by people of color – to bring the story to life. Roxane Gay will serve as executive producer on the project. This is the first time any of Gay’s work has been optioned for film.
In a press release, Gay said: “I am thrilled to revisit the world of The Banks. Clara, Cora, and Celia Banks are fierce women with compelling stories that will really come alive on the silver screen. I am also excited about partnering with TKO Studios, an amazing publisher to create comics with, and MACRO, a company that is a standard bearer for excellence with the films they make.”
Roxane Gay Is No Stranger To The Graphic Novel Format
(Image: World of Wakanda #5, by Roxane Gay, et. al., Marvel Comics)
Roxane Gay is an author of many mediums. Known for her non-fiction and autobiographical work such as Hunger, she has also written several graphic novels. She has written in the Marvel Universe, penning several volumes of Black Panther over the years. Notably, Gay was the first black woman to write a Marvel comic when she signed on for World of Wakanda. Most recently Gay put out a graphic novel adaptation of her short story The Sacrifice of Darkness.
The Banks is also notable for having an entirely female creative team behind the graphic novel. Gay worked with artist Ming Doyle, along with colorist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Ariana Maher. We can only hope that the creative team that ends up working on the film adaptation will also have a strong female majority. With Roxane Gay at the helm, it seems likely.
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