Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“The Current War,” “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) has been set to direct a film adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s 2003 novel “The Fortress of Solitude” at Amazon Studios.
The story follows two friends, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude, who come of age in 1970s Brooklyn. After receiving a magic ring with the directive to fight evil, Dylan and Mingus forge an indelible bond.
As the years pass, their experiences and opportunities grow increasingly disparate. There are things even a magic ring can’t solve: Dylan is white and Mingus is Black, and in America, that makes a world of difference.
Acclaimed playwright Dave Harris is writing the script and Gomez-Rejon will produce. The title is a reference to Superman’s Arctic fortress.
Gomez-Rejon is also developing a series adaptation of Edna Ferbar’s novel “Giant” which became the iconic 1956 James Dean film.