John Fusco has been hired by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment to adapt the popular children’s book PAX which the production company wrangled away after winning a bidding war last year. The book was No. 1 on The New York Times best-selling children’s book Pax from author Sara Pennypacker. It will be produced as a live-action feature through SKE with Carla Hacken.
Highly, highly, highly recommended…
Long interview with S. E. Hinton:
For the 50th anniversary of The Outsiders, the author formally known as S.E. Hinton undertook a book tour to promote the anniversary edition of her most famous novel, and fortunately, The A.V. Club was one of the stops. Unfortunately, the video interview in our studio was unusable due to a microphone malfunction, but still wanting to release the interview, we’re publishing the edited transcription below. Hinton was invariably magnificent, offering us many wonderful stories from her legendary literary life.
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.
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.