Wonderland Sound and Vision has launched development on a biopic about Shel Silverstein, the prolific children’s book author, cartoonist and lyricist.
Wonderland principals McG and Mary Viola are producing with Sean Sorensen and Motion Theory’s Mathew Cullen. Writing partners Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair are adapting “A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein” by Lisa Rogak.
Wonderland optioned the material and will be funding development. Wonderland’s Nathan Stadler will oversee the project.
In the upcoming Goosebumps movie, comedian Jack Black stars as spooky storyteller R. L. Stine, whose ghoulish creatures—previously confined to his bestselling children’s books—are unexpectedly brought to life by a teen neighbor (Scandal first kid Dylan Minnette). With the help of Stine’s daughter, Hannah (Israeli actress Odeya Rush), a race ensues to capture the author’s manic monsters from wrecking havoc on their small town. It’s a comedy-fueled horror (due Aug. 7, 2015) that promises to channel Goosebumps’ kid-approved brand of scary while pleasing grownup loyalists of the 1990s franchise.
Did you feel any pressure at all thinking you’ve got to sound or look like a person who is still alive?
I didn’t really because even though I’m playing a real person, this is obviously a fictionalized version of his life and nothing that happens in this movie actually happened to him, other than him writing all the books. So I felt like, I was just going to approach it as a character, doing what I thought was most dramatically interesting and right for what was needed. I also got to meet R.L. and he’s a really great guy. Really smart and funny and sweet. But I made [the character] more of a sort of curmudgeonly dark, brooding beast master. So from the very beginning, I was taking liberties. I think he’s cool with it though. [Laughs] He’s been on set and he actually did a little cameo. He saw what I was doing and he was digging it. Or at least he pretended like he was digging it.
There is an exclusive live stream of ‘The Knife That Killed Me’ (the movie based on the book of the same title by Anthony McGowan) at 7pm GMT+1 tomorrow. This will be a live stream of the film’s Multiplatform Premiere from the National Media Museum in Bradford. Following the movie stream, a Question & Answers session with the film’s creators will be streamed.
To watch it, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0yfkzEwUM0
and this is the trailer:
A new trailer has been unleashed for The Giver film adaptation.
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.
Erskine and Lowry discussed the film adaptation of “The Giver,” scheduled for release in August.
Lowry said the movie will be different from the book, because films rely on action scenes to hold people’s attention.
“You always want the movie to be exactly like the book, but in the case of ‘The Giver,’ that could not be true,” said Lowry, who described herself as a fan of cinema. “So you will see that the movie has some action added, but what they were trying to do is reflect what the book is trying to say.”
Erskine and Lowry discussed the importance of careful editing and rewriting. Both pointed out mistakes in their published works that readers had caught.
In “Mockingbird,” Erskine wrote that Bambi’s mother died in a fire. In the original story, Bambi’s mother is killed by hunters.
In “Son,” the last book in the four-part “Giver” series, Lowry introduced the colors red and pink into what was supposed to be a colorless society.
“It just goes to show you that revision and editing are critical, even for professional writers,” Erskine said.
When asked for advice for young authors, Lowry had a simple response.
“I think any young person who wants to be a writer is already doing what I was doing, which is reading a lot, and writing a lot,” she said.
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.
Author Lois Lowry talked about a recent visit to South Africa and the film set for the forthcoming movie version of her best-known novel, The Giver. Her talk was given at the 18th annual Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival in the Orton Center at the University of Redlands.
Lowry also talked about the film version of one of her most well-known works, “The Giver,” a 1994 Newbury Award-winner.
She shared the tales of Hollywood and meeting actors Jeff Bridges and Katie Holmes, how the set of the film — which was mostly shot in South Africa — looked and her concerns about the film. Mostly, she said, how the words from the pages of “The Giver” would translate on screen.
“I’ve watched with interest. And some nervousness. A little nervousness … as the work on the film has progressed because it’s going to be so different from the book,” she said. “I went to South Africa in the fall and watched them shoot scenes there.”
This very week, she said, “they are filming the final scene — in Utah. And then the hard work will begin of editing and scoring and all of that.”
She described how the actors took on their roles and how it was odd to see actor Alexander Skarsgård take on a role that was “creepy,” given his good looks.
The sets give a hint of the visual quality of the film, she said.
On one set, which she described as dazzling, “there’s homage to books, to words, to the world that they provide.”
“The Giver” is expected to be released later this year.
Crime pays — at least the fictional sort — for Ireland’s bestselling children’s author, Eoin Colfer as new figures show accumulated profits at his firm jumped 134% to €1.669m last year.
By Gordon Deegan
The former Co Wexford teacher has sold over 25m books translated into 44 languages around the globe about the adventures of his teenage criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl.
In July, Disney added to Colfer’s coffers when they confirmed that the adventures of Artemis Fowl are to be made into a movie.
One of the most influential figures in cinema, Harvey Weinstein, is to also produce, with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix scribe, Michael Goldenberg, writing the screenplay. The film will cover the first two books of the series.