Oscar-nominated screenwriter Daniel Clowes (Art School Confidential, Ghost World) is adapting his Eisner-winning story Death Ray for Jack Black's Black and White production company, according to Variety. Black will produce and take a small role.

Death Ray was published in the most recent issue of Clowes' "Eightball" comic. He plans to update the protagonist from a teenager to an older man who has to deal with having super powers while living a normal suburban life.

"I like the idea of him as a cranky 48-year-old man," Clowes said. "Using his powers to throw kids off his lawn."

No director is officially attached yet.

Clowes is also developing an adaptation of Rudy Rucker's Master of Space and Time with director Michel Gondry, who owns the rights.