Johnny Depp is in early negotiations with Fox to produce and star in Neil Gaiman’s time-travel tale “Fortunately, the Milk,” with Edgar Wright directing.
Australia-based Animal Logic Entertainment, best known for “The Lego Movie,” is producing the live-action/animation hybrid. Zareh Nalbandian from Animal Logic Entertainment is the producer.
Dolphin Films has optioned the rights to the Mary E. Pearson’s dystopian young adult book, The Adoration of Jenna Fox. The production company has also snapped up the rights to the screenplay adaptation, which was inked by screenwriter Garry Williams (Larger Than Life), as well as to the other two novels in the Fox Chronicles trilogy, Fox Inheritance and Fox Forever.
It looks like the Artemis Fowl movie, which was announced back in 2013 by Disney and The Weinstein Company, may now have a director:
Kenneth Branagh, who has helmed Thor and, more recently, Cinderella, is reportedly in talks to develop and direct the big screen adaptation of Irish author Eoin Colfer’s hugely popular book series.
Variety reports that Irish playwright Conocr McPherson is in talks to write the script rather than Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix screenwriter Michael Goldenberg who had initially been mooted for the gig.
Sony is already fast tracking a sequel, imaginatively titled “Goosebumps 2,” according to Tracking Board. To be fair, “Goosebumps” as a franchise is wildly popular with the children’s books having sold an unbelievable 350 million copies worldwide.
“Goosebumps” is out [in US cinemas] on Oct. 16, 2015
Every other book I’ve written has been turned inside and out by my editor – final draft turns into final draft two etc, and I return to rake over old scenes, cutting and stitching. Trash popped out like an egg, and we changed one word only: an obscenity that suddenly seemed crude in the mouths of those driven kids.
The film version of Trash, directed by Stephen Daldry, is currently on general release.
Oh, how I’m looking forward to this:
The film is based on the novel by Robert C. O’Brien, which was published posthumously in 1974 after the author’s wife Sally M. Conly and daughter Jane Leslie Conly completed the book guided by his notes. O’Brien mainly concentrated on children’s books during his career, with Z for Zachariah winning teen literature awards.
…it looks like screenwriter Nissar Modi has altered O’Brien’s book. Fans will know it’s all about Margot Robbie’s character Ann Burden and Chiwetel’s Loomis in the novel. Chris is taking on the role of a second stranger, Caleb, who stumbles into Ann’s life though, and with the trio all in the official still and synopsis it’s safe to say the movie has made some pretty big plot changes, another one being that Ann in the book is just a teenager. Of course the changes mean fans of the book will be in for a twist or two which should help draw in more viewers. Clever.
Z for Zachariah will screen at Sundance in Utah sometime between January 22 and February 1 2015, and is expected to open on worldwide, general release later in the year.
Michael Bond has a cameo role in the feature film Paddington – he plays a gentleman in the restaurant at the beginning who waves as Paddington goes past in a black cab. And he tells the Belfast Telegraph that he’s happy with the choice of Ben Whishaw as the voice of his bear. It was, apparently, going to be Colin Firth, but it didn’t work out. “Colin agreed himself his voice wasn’t really suited, it was slightly too old and I think the new voice is very good.”
Once upon a time, on Christmas Eve, Michael Bond was on London’s Oxford Street looking for something small for his wife’s stocking. It started to snow and he found himself outside Selfridges.
That little bear inspired him to write A Bear Called Paddington, almost 60 years ago. Since then, 35 million Paddington books have been sold worldwide, and translated into 40 languages.
Bond has just written Love From Paddington, a book of letters from Paddington to his Aunt Lucy at the Home for Retired Bears in darkest Peru, and later this month, his creation takes to the silver screen.
Mark Rylance to play the BFG in Spielberg movie:
For any fan of Roald Dahl, this is the perfect news to combat the Monday blues. After many of Dahl’s novels such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, and Matilda have all transcended to the big screen over the years, his 1982 children’s book, The BFG, is finally getting the Hollywood treatment. Better yet? Steven Spielberg is directing.
In conjunction with Dreamworks Studios, the award-winning director has revealed that Mark Rylance has been cast as the titular benevolent giant. “As I witnessed on stage, Mark Rylance is a transformational actor,” Spielberg said in a statement. “I am excited and thrilled that Mark will be making this journey with us to Giant Country. Everything about his career so far is about making the courageous choice and I’m honored he has chosen ‘The BFG’ as his next big screen performance.”
Q: You were writing poems and short stories for adults when you started out. What got you into writing for younger readers?
A: I published a short story in a magazine. It was a story for adults, but it was seen through the eyes of a child. A children’s book editor at Houghton Mifflin read it, got in touch with me, and asked if I would consider writing a book for young people. It never occurred to me, which amazes me now because I had four kids at the time, why I never thought of witting for kids.
So I sat down immediately and began doing it. They didn’t promise to publish what I wrote, but to have a publisher at the other end, waiting for it, was a jump start. The book was “A Summer to Die,” and they did publish it and it won a big international award. It coincided with the time my marriage was ending, and I was going to have to — oh, my goodness! — make a living for the first time, and it occurred to me maybe that’s how I could do it.
Jennifer Lee who wrote and co-directed Disney’s smash hit Frozen, is writing the film adaptation for the children’s novel, A Wrinkle In Time.