Focus Features Dives into The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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And the news just keeps on rolling in. Next up for you cats who sit there and giggle as a new story appears on the site every friggin’ five minutes is word of a new adaptation rolling in for the latest tale from Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Deadline is reporting that Focus Features and Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are closing a deal to acquire Gaiman’s novel. Joe Wright is being attached to direct, and his Shoebox Films partner Paul Webster is coming aboard to produce with Hanks and Goetzman. The film will be a co-production between Playtone and Shoebox.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane will be published in June by William Morrow, and it’s about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. The narrator describes a tale that begins when he was seven and a lodger stole the family’s car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: There is primal horror here and a menace unleashed — within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women on a ramshackle farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

Stay tuned.

Focus Features Dives into The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

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