Art Spiegelman has no interest in selling the screen rights to his graphic memoir Maus† according to to the Hollywood reporter†
Interest in Spiegelman’s two-volume book about his parents’ experiences as Holocaust survivors peaked this year after it was banned by a Tennessee school district, which cited the use of profanity and drawings of naked figures. The action sparked outrage across the country.
The controversy caused the book, originally published in 1986 and 1991, to shoot up bestseller lists. As of Thursday afternoon, several editions of the book were listed as out of stock on Amazon and Barnes and Noble’s websites.
“I like movies, but Maus is better served as a book,” Spiegelman told the News reporter† †[It’s a] more intimate shape and strips adhere better to the brain.”
In the second part of Maus, Spiegelman refers to the success of the first part and says: “At least fifteen foreign editions will be released. I got 4 serious offers to make my book a TV special or movie (I don’t want to).”
However, interest in the book remains high. An action group for young people has announced plans to distribute it to college students in Tennessee, and comic book store owners say they will send free copies to students in the province where it was banned.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.