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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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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