ADAPT THIS: “Forgetless” by Nick Spencer, W. Scott Forbes, Marley Zarcone and Jorge Coehlo

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With Hollywood turning more of its attention to the world of graphic novels for inspiration, I’ll cast the spotlight on a new comic book each week that has the potential to pack a theater or keep you glued to your television screens. At the end of some “Adapt This” columns, you’ll also find thoughts from the industry’s top comic creators about the books they’d like to see make the jump from page to screen.

This Week’s Book: Forgetless by Nick Spencer (w), W. Scott Forbes (a), Marley Zarcone (a), and Jorge Coehlo (a)

The Premise: An all-night party in New York City provides the setting for a modern version of “Rashomon” that plays out amid the club kids and party people of the city that never sleeps. When a pair of models moonlighting as contract killers try to make some easy money, events go awry and the night takes a turn for the crazy — and that’s before the giant purple koala makes an appearance.

The Pitch: Hollywood already has its eye on Nick Spencer after snatching up his creator-owned series Existence 2.0 last year, so it’s actually a bit of a surprise that Forgetless hasn’t found its way onto a studio exec’s desk yet. This 2009 series charts the events of a crazy night in New York City’s club scene from the points of view of several different characters, including the aforementioned models-turned-assassins, a late-night television host with a sordid addiction, a pair of grifters who star in a twisted web series, and a quarter of New Jersey kids who absolutely must attend the party.

Spencer’s tale weaves all of the disparate narratives together through a series of jumps back and forth in time and abrupt cuts that leave you wondering exactly who to root for — and whether anyone will still be alive when the sun comes up.

There’s been no shortage of films that unfold over the course of a crazy night in the club scene, but there’s never been one that tells a story quite like Forgetless, with its cast of characters so unique that they could only exist in a city as dangerously weird as New York City. Forgetless doesn’t bother romanticizing the city, but instead offers up a long list of the things people can — and do — get up to in the city, juxtaposed against the constant stream of status updates that punctuate most city-dwellers’ days.

Like a murder mystery for the clubbing crowd, an adaptation of Forgetless would be equal parts hip, urban drama and boozy, consequence-free adventure in the big city. It’s easy to imagine a young, up-and-coming actor having a field day with much of the dialogue Spencer has crafted for his characters, and looking back on this project as the one that first caught Hollywood’s eye and opened the door toward more mature roles.

Requiring little in the way of effects or expensive set pieces, a “Forgetless” movie would rely on strong performances from its cast in order to capture the recklessness and city-fueled audacity of its characters. The story also leaves more than enough room for a talented filmmaker to flex his artistic muscles and bring a unique flavor to the film’s visual tone.

The Closing Argument: As far as adaptations and their source material goes, Spencer’s Forgetless lays out all the groundwork for a fresh, edgy spin on the urban experience, and leaves lots of room for interpretation when it comes to its cast’s whims and director’s style. A “Forgetless” movie seems like a win-win situation for Hollywood, offering a compelling, ready-made story with lots of room to be shaped to a particular director or studio’s tastes, and a number of roles that could easily be filled with both fresh and familiar faces.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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