Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey to Voice DreamWorks Animation’s BOSS BABY; Quvenzhane Wallis Will Lead COUNTING BY 7S

     September 30, 2014

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DreamWorks Animation is putting together the voice cast for one of its upcoming films.  Heat Vision reports that Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey will lead the voice cast for Boss Baby, which is described as a fantastical comedy revolving around a “fast-talking briefcase-carrying baby (Baldwin) and his seven-year-old brother, who is jealous of the new arrival.”  The brother sets out on a mission to win back the sole affection of his parents and ends up stumbling upon a secret plot by the CEO of Puppy Co. (Spacey).  The two brothers are then forced to come together in order to stop the dastardly scheme.  Megamind director Tom McGrath is set to helm the pic, which is slated for release on March 18, 2016.

Hit the jump for news concerning an adaptation of Counting by 7s that is being developed as a star vehicle for young Quvenzhane Wallis.

counting-by-7s-book-coverAdditionally, Deadline reports that author Holly Goldberg Sloan’s bestselling novel Counting by 7s has been optioned by The Mazur/Kaplan Company and Olympus Pictures and will be developed for Beasts of the Southern Wild breakout Quvenzhane Wallis.  The story revolves around a bright young girl who, after the death of her adoptive parents, is taken in by a surrogate family and an unfit guidance counselor.  Wallis leads this December’s musical Annie and has roles in the upcoming The Prophet and Fathers and Daughters.

Read a synopsis for Counting by 7s below:

In the tradition of Out of My MindWonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family.

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now.

Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read. [BN.com]

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