Sony buys US rights to Iranian comic-book 'Persepolis'

CANNES, France -- Sony Pictures has bought the North American film rights to Persepolis, a comic book about growing up in Iran during its Islamic revolution, the British movie magazine Screen International reported on Wednesday.

The production, to be co-directed by the comic's author, Marjane Satrapi, will be voiced by Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve and Simon Abkarian in the French version. An English-language version is also to be recorded.

Persepolis was a hit in France - where Satrapi now lives - when it was first published, with many critics praising the artistry of its black-and-white images.

The book tells the story of Satrapi's childhood in Tehran during the overthrow of the Shah, the Islamic revolution and the Iran-Iraq war through strips that recounted episodes in her life and her changing society.

Lifted from the Middle East Times

The Faith of Heroes (Superhero Religious Trivia)

What do Havok, Polaris and Banshee have in common aside from being mutants and affiliated with the X-Men? According to an article on, the three are Catholics.

The article also reveals the juvenile heroes of Power Pack as well as Cypher of the New Mutants as being Mormons (Latter-Day Saints). Rogue is Southern Baptist, Multiple Man is Buddhist, and the Thing is Jewish (as opposed to Human Torch and Invisible Woman, who are Episcopalian). The site also cites the comics issues where the religious affiliations were suggested or revealed.

More heroes are presented in a table on this page. If you want pictures, look through this other page.


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