Harper Lee’s estate is supporting the release.
Good news for Harper Lee fans: In 2018, 58 years after the classic story’s initial release, To Kill A Mockingbird will be re-released as a graphic novel.
For those who haven’t read the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, it explores the themes of civil rights and racism during the Great Depression in the United States through the eyes of young Scout and Jem Finch. In 2015, Lee released a second novel, Go Set a Watchman, based around the same characters as in her debut novel. While the publisher promoted it as a sequel to the original story, Go Set a Watchman was actually the first draft of what would become Lee’s famed novel.
It was the Harper Lee estate that approached William Heinemann, a publishing imprint of Penguin Random House, about creating the graphic novel. This is only one of a group of projects that have been in the works following Lee’s death in February 2016. Another project in the works is an initiative in Lee’s hometown to create tourist attractions based on the book.
The illustrations will be done by Fred Fordham, a London-born artist who most recently illustrated The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship, by Philip Pullman, which was released last month. Fordham’s adaptation will stay incredibly close to the original story, reports The Guardian.