Q: How did the idea for the story of What the Ladybird Heard come about?
I was walking in the countryside with my youngest son and we were reminiscing about when he was a little boy. At an age when children are just learning to read, his teacher had given the class an exercise matching up animal noises with animal pictures, but because most of the children couldn’t yet read, the activity went comically wrong.
The hen hissed instead of clucking and the dog miaowed and so on. I thought it would be lovely to somehow use this idea of animals making the wrong noises in a story and my son, now a young man, suggested animals playing a trick on the farmer.
Goosebumps, the movie, is based on the popular children’s book series by R.L. Stine. Variety sums up the plot thus: “Story is loosely based on R.L. Stine’s book series and follows Minnette’s character, who moves from New York City to the small town of Greendale, Maryland, where his secretive new neighbor turns out to be veteran young adult horror author R.L. Stine (Black). When all the many demons of Stine’s mind are set free by Slappy, a demonic ventriloquist’s dummy, it’s up to Minnette’s character and Stine’s niece Hannah to put all the evil genies back in the bottle.”
Filming has begun on the Goosebumps movie, starring Jack Black and directed by his Gulliver’s Travels collaborator Rob Letterman.
Variety reports that Super 8’s Ryan Lee has now joined the cast, alongside Black, Dylan Minnette (Let Me In) and Odeya Rush (The Odd Life of Timothy Green).
The film comes from a screenplay by Darren Lemke (Jack The Giant Slayer) and Mike White (School of Rock), and a story by 1408’s Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski and Lemke.
Lois Lowry Appears in a new Featurette Video For ‘The Giver’ Movie
As reported on Buzzfeed:
This new footage from The Giver, with commentary by Lois Lowry, the book’s author, offers viewers a short look inside the film.
An initial trailer was released a few weeks ago and viewers have been disconcerted by the fact that the trailer was entirely in color rather than black and white as in the novel. However, much to the pleasure of viewers, some of this new footage depicts the utopian (dystopian?) world of The Giver as it is in the novel: colorless.
The Giver stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Brenton Thwaites; the film is slated for theatrical release on August 15, 2014.
The Weinstein Company released their first trailer for the upcoming movie The Giver. The film is a screen adaptation of the beloved children’s book of the same name. The Giver follows Jonas played by Brenton Thwaites in the film as he discovers that this utopian society is more dystopian than he once believed: it tries to deprive people of emotions and create Sameness. Jonas inherits the position of ‘Receiver of Memory.’ He will be the person who stores all the memories of the time before this society existed. Jonas begins to question things when he meets “The Giver Jeff Bridges,” who shows him the beauty and pain that exists beyond this world.The Giver was published in 1993, and received a Newbery Medal the following year. The novel begins a loosely formed series of four books: Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son the only direct sequel to The Giver. The other three books in the series were created seven years after the original book.
A Monster Calls to be filmed by Juan Antonio Bayyona:
River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Lionsgate International, and Focus Features have teamed to finance and distribute Apaches’ production of acclaimed filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona’s next film, A Monster Calls, based on the award-winning novel by Patrick Ness (the Chaos Walking trilogy) published by Walker Books.
Bayona won Spain’s equivalent of the Academy Award, The Goya, for his last film, The Impossible, which was distributed by Lionsgate’s Summit label and grossed more than $160 million at the worldwide box office. The Impossible is the highest-grossing film of all time in Spain.
The film will be produced by Belen Atienza (The Impossible, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage) and is slated for an autumn 2016 release.
A TV cartoon based on Andy Griffiths’ The Day My Bum Went Psycho (Pan) will premiere in Australia tomorrow.
The 80-episode series called The Day My Butt Went Psycho will screen its first episode at 8am on Saturday 21 September on the GO! channel. The series is co-produced by Australian production company Studio Moshi and Canadian company Nelvana, in association with Scholastic USA.
David Walliams’s best-selling childrens book Gangsta Granny is to be brought to life as a Christmas family drama for the BBC. The tale follows last year’s seasonal special when another of his novels, Mr Stink, was adapted starring Hugh Bonneville as a kindly tramp. Walliams will work on the script along with Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley who have previously worked on Gnomeo and Juliet and Robbie The Reindeer. The hour-long BBC1 film, which has yet to be cast, revolves around schoolboy Ben who is bored at his grandmother’s house until he learns she was formerly an international jewel thief and has been plotting to steal the crown jewels.The story was first published in 2011…