While older novels get adapted into feature films all the time, it’s not every day that the book’s author gets to do the adapting. THR reports that Mike Medavoy (Black Swan) is producing a film version of Ray Bradbury’s 1957 semi-autobiographical novel Dandelion Wine, and Bradbury himself will be writing the screenplay. The author turns 91 on Monday and called the news the “best birthday gift I could ask for,” adding that Dandelion Wine is his most deeply personal work. The novel centers on a 12-year-old boy experiencing small-town summer life in 1928. Bradbury actually seems to be quite active in the film adaptations of his books, as an adaptation of the author’s sci-fi tome The Martian Chronicles is currently in the works, and when Matt spoke with producer John Davis back in June, Davis said he had gotten Bradbury’s input on the film. Hit the jump to read a full synopsis.
Dandelion Wine takes us into the summer of 1928, and to all the wondrous and magical events in the life of a 12-year-old Midwestern boy named Douglas Spaulding. This tender, openly affectionate story of a young man’s voyage of discovery is certainly more mainstream than exotic. No walking dead or spaceships to Mars here. Yet those who wish to experience the unique magic of early Bradbury as a prose stylist should find Dandelion Wine most refreshing. [Amazon]