Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has landed the estate of comicbook creator Will Eisner as a client, with the goal of taking Eisner's library of titles and ideas and adapting them to film and television. Variety reports the acquisition, noting that an interest in Eisner's work has lately been rising in Hollywood with the development of Will Eisner's The Spirit.
While The Spirit is Eisner's most famous creation, other notable books by the comic book legend include A Contract With God and Other Tenement Stories, John Law, Lady Luck, Mr. Mystic, Uncle Sam, Blackhawk and Sheena of the Jungle.
In 1988, Comic-Con International created the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards in Eisner's name.
Will Eisner's The Spirit is currently in development with a January 16th, 2009 release. Directed by Frank Miller, the film stars Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Sarah Paulson, Dan Lauria, Stana Katic, Johnny Simmons, Louis Lombardi, Jamie King and Paz Vega.