Author John Searles has only written two novels, but already his second, Strange but True, has been picked up for the big screen treatment. And, continuing our theme of “two”, it will be the sophomore directorial project of Spanish brothers Alex and David Pastor, whose debut, Carriers, was somewhat mishandled by Paramount Vantage.
Let’s hope they have better luck with Ross Katz and Fred Berger’s Civil Dawn Pictures and John Penotti and Tim Williams’ GreeneStreet Films, the production team behind Strange.
Per Variety, the screenplay is being co-written by Searles and novelist Eric Garcia. Strange centers on a young woman who, five years after the death of her boyfriend, tells his parents she is pregnant with his baby. “It’s a dramatic thriller with a big heart in the line of ‘Fargo’ and ‘A Simple Plan’,” Alex Pastor told the trade.
One line in a review of Searles’ book on Amazon gave me pause: The prom setting, hints of the supernatural, and the satisfying if not entirely resolved ending all have solid teen appeal. Doesn’t anyone care about ADULT appeal anymore?
Casting is currently under way with filming set to begin in February or March of 2010. Look for more on this one soon.
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