Award-winning director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) has been tapped to help A Monster Calls, an adaptation of the children’s fantasy novel. Written by Patrick Ness from an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, the story centers on thirteen-year-old Conor, who wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. It’s not the monster from his nightmares, brought on by stress due to his mother’s illness, but something more ancient, and much more dangerous. The story was also illustrated by Jim Kay, whose dark imaginings (both in palette and in metaphor) will thrill and terrify on the big screen.
River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Lionsgate International, and Focus Features teamed up to finance and distribute Apache’s production, which is scheduled for a Fall 2016 release. Hit the jump for full details.
The 2013 Black List has been released. For those unfamiliar, the “Black List” is a list of the most liked unproduced screenplays circulating around Hollywood, as voted on by over 250 film executives, and past Black List scripts include The Social Network, Saving Mr. Banks, The King’s Speech, and Slumdog Millionaire. This year’s list includes a few films that are already in development, including Jason Fuchs’ Pan that Joe Wright is directing, and Jason Dean Hall’s American Sniper which has Bradley Cooper attached to star and at one point had Steven Spielberg directing. Topping the list is Holland, Michigan, which will be directed by Errol Morris and stars Naomi Watts.
Hit the jump to read this year’s Black List, which is made up of 72 scripts and also includes two films about the making of Jaws, two films about Mr. Rogers, a movie about Stanley Kubrick directing the fake moon landing, and much more.
When last we reported on the adaptation of Patrick Ness’ futuristic young-adult trilogy Chaos Walking, Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) was set to script the film for Lionsgate. Now, it looks as if Robert Zemeckis (Flight) is in talks to direct. No official deal is in place, but Lionsgate is likely planning ahead with the lucrative The Hunger Games film series concluding in 2015. A pairing of the Oscar-winning director and screenwriter is a great way to interest critics, just as the dystopian coming-of-age story is likely to engage younger audiences.
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Lionsgate is now in control of two mega teen franchises, and they’re looking to extend their streak even further. The Hunger Games’ massive box office take (it’s not done yet) guarantees success for its two upcoming follow-ups, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, and given that Lionsgate recently bought Summit they’ll also reap the benefits of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 this fall. As such, it’s no surprise that the studio has its eye on adapting yet another young adult series, Patrick Ness’ futuristic trilogy Chaos Walking.
What’s strange/awesome about the studio’s plans for Chaos Walking is that instead of hiring a screenwriter to do a straightforward adaptation, they’ve set Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich scribe Charlie Kaufman to write the screenplay. Hit the jump for more.