Two PW writers were invited to a recent screening of the film adaptation of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls, directed by J.A. Bayonne, with a screenplay written by the author. For more behind the movie, read our Movie Alert. Here our moviegoing duo talks tear-jerking scenes, monsters, morality, and sharp acting. Be warned: spoilers from the book and movie are below!
In bringing together a 15-year-old author, a toon production company and the world’s largest SVOD service, new young-adult film The Kissing Booth tells a lot about evolving creative processes in 2016.
Netflix is adapting the novel written and published by rookie teen author Beth Reekles on Wattpad, where it garnered more than 19 million views on the online free publishing site. UK-based film and TV production company Komixx Media Group is producing the feature-length film for the SVOD, with writer/director Vince Marcello (Teen Beach Movie) on-board to direct from his own screenplay.
For Komixx, which produces preschool series Toby’s Travelling Circus and Wanda and the Alien, the Netflix commission represents a milestone in its strategy to acquire and produce more YA drama for tweens and teens.
Netflix finally released a look at Neil Patrick Harris in The New Lemony Snicket Series and our expectations are now, incredibly, extremely high.
Netflix issued a trailer for the eight-part Lemony Snicket series, and Neil Patrick Harris is exactly and perfectly right as The Count.
The latest attempt to adopt the popular children’s book series holds true to the traditional aesthetic of the book illustrations and the first film, starring Jim Carey. What’s so different in this version is the the multi-talented and super creepy, Neil Patrick Harris playing Count Olaf.
Peter Jackson is finally moving forward with Mortal Engines, with his long-time collaborator Christian Rivers directing.
The New Zealand filmmaker is adapting Philip Reeve’s novel into a big screen production, having first gained the rights to the book years ago but never finding the “right time” to begin work on it. Jackson has penned the script with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, with whom he worked on both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and the movie marks Rivers’ first major directing stint.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Jackson shared the exciting news with fans.
“Hi Folks, it’s been a quiet few months, but I’m very happy to tell you that our next project is now underway. WingNut Films be producing a feature film based on Philip Reeve’s book Mortal Engines, to be directed by Christian Rivers,” he wrote. “Some of you may recall that Christian was going to direct the Dambusters (sic) a few years back.”
“If you haven’t read the books, you should. They present a stunning look into the future, when all of Earth’s major cities are now mounted on wheels, roaming across the landscape as massive ‘Traction Cities’,” he explained, with Mortal Engines focusing on a “steampunk” version of London struggling to survive as the world runs out of resources. “The moment we read these novels, we knew what exciting movies they’d make. I literally can’t wait to see them!”
Production begins in New Zealand in March 2017.
The A Wrinkle in Time movie is rapidly adding to its cast. Deadline reports that Chris Pine has joined the cast as Mr. Murry. The Star Trek alum (who we’ll see as Steve Trevor in next summer’s Wonder Woman) plays the husband of Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Meg Murry and Charles Wallace’s mother, Dr. Murry, in the adaptation of the beloved Madeline L’Engle novel.
The Chronicles of Narnia franchise has lain dormant since third movie The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was released in 2010 but is being rebooted to bring the fourth novel in the classic children’s book series to the silver screen.
Finding Neverland and The Life of Pi screenwriter David McGee is writing the script for The Silver Chair, which takes place years later as Eustace Scrubb (Will Poulter in the last film) and his classmate Jill battle to find King Caspian’s son Prince Rilian after he goes missing.
If there were any doubt that Disney Animation’s “Zootopia” was a bona fide beast at the U.S. box office, that was dispelled this weekend, as the family film roared to $50 million and dominated a field filled with clear-cut winners and losers.
“Zootopia,” the well-reviewed 3D computer-animated take on racial prejudice and stereotyping fell off just 33 percent from its record-breaking debut last weekend, and it has topped $142 million domestically. It added another $83 million overseas — $56.3 million from China alone — and has made $431 million globally after just 10 days in release.
AN 80-minute feature-length movie called Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows will screen in selected Australian movie theatres from New Year’s Day.
Based on the hit teen TV series Nowhere Boys, the film continues the storyline from the first two series.
Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows picks up a year after the boys crossed dimensions, discovered magic and battled the restoring demon.
Having grown apart, they are drawn together again when Felix discovers a magically sealed Book of Shadows, which unwittingly releases a powerful force of chaos.
The boys are reluctantly drawn into a showdown that threatens their world and loved ones.
A third TV series is also set to screen next year.
The TV series won a Logie Award earlier this year for Most Outstanding Children’s Program, an International Emmy Kids’ Award 2015 in the TV series category and a British Academy Children’s Award in the International section.
Film rights for Caleb Krisp’s children’s debut Anyone But Ivy Pocket (Bloomsbury) have been acquired by Paramount.
Allison Shearmur (producer for “The Hunger Games” and “Cinderella”) will be producing the film, with Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), the script writers.