Verbinski to adapt dark comedic tale.

Gore Verbinski is to take the director’s chair for an adaptation of Guy Delisle’s graphic novel ‘Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea.’

Published in 2004, the graphic novel is an illustrated account of Delisle’s time in North Korea, supervising animation work. During his two month stay in the capital city the French-Canadian cartoonist struggles with the difficulties of outsourcing and the bureaucracy of the totalitarian closed state. According to Deadline, the film, which has been described as a dark comedy, will also deal with Delisle being accused of espionage during his stay.

Steve Conrad (‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,’ ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’) is working on the screenplay. Verbinski’s latest effort, ‘The Lone Ranger,’ will be riding into Irish cinemas August 2013.