We are thrilled to announce that A24 has optioned rights to WHY DON’T YOU LOVE ME? by Paul B. Rainey with Jennifer Lawrence set to star and produce alongside Justine Ciarrocchi for Excellent Cadaver, Ari Aster, Lars Knudsen, Emily Hildner of Square Peg and Robert Funke will write!

Deal was brokered by Joe Veltre at Gersh, on behalf of Timothy Travaglini at Transatlantic Agency.

WHY DON’T YOU LOVE ME? (published by Drawn & Quarterly) is a pitch-black comedy seemingly about marriage, alcoholism, depression, and mourning lost opportunities that unfolds, layer by layer, into an existential mystery created by Paul B. Rainey. 

About the graphic novel: 

Claire and Mark are in the doldrums of an unhappy marriage. She doesn’t get out of her bathrobe and chain-smokes while slumped on the couch. Mark has lost track of the days and can’t get the kids to school on time. They’ve lost interest in family and order-in pizza and chinese food every night. Mark sleeps on the couch and has trouble remembering his son’s name. He feels like a fraud at work but somehow succeeds. Claire stalks an ex-boyfriend. How could he have left her to this life?

Claire and Mark are both plagued by the idea that this is all a dream. Didn’t they have different lives? When reports of an imminent nuclear war come on the radio, the truth begins to dawn on them: this is not the life they chose.

Paul is represented by Timothy Travaglini.