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With two ongoing series from Image, a new one just announced, a graphic novel from S&S coming in a month, and Black Hammer from Dark Horse, as well as recent work for Marvel and Valiant, you might say that Jeff Lemire is RED HOT.

But he just got a little hotter, as his GN The Underwater Welder, originally published by Top Shelf, has been optioned by Ryan Gosling, Ken Kao and Anonymous Content for a feature film. Lemire, Chris Staros (Editor–in–Chief, Top Shelf), and Ted Adams (CEO and Publisher, IDW Publishing) are attached as executive producers.

The book involves a man with  a dangerous job who has a supernatural encounter underwater while dealing with his own issues of impending fatherhood. If your fantasties involve an extremeley handsome man welding underwater…well they just got some fuel.

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The deal was brokered on Jeff Lemire’s behalf by Angela Cheng Caplan of the Cheng Caplan Company, Inc. and Allison Binder, esq. of Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher, LLP, and on Top Shelf/IDW’s behalf by Tuvyah Aronoff of Schwell Wimpfheimer & Associates.