Although that headline may sound like the beginning of some sort of dirty joke, it’s actually the title of the next project from the director of The Orphanage, Juan Antonio Bayona. Read on for details.
A Monster Calls will be based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel by Patrick Ness (the Chaos Walking trilogy). The film will be produced by Belen Atienza (The Impossible, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage) and is slated for a fall 2016 release.
It will be distributed by Focus Features domestically, Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain, and Lionsgate International throughout the rest of the world.
A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama about a young boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that deal with courage, loss, and faith.
Ness wrote the novel based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, and he and illustrator Jim Kay won Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal and Greenaway Medal in 2012, presented to the year’s best children’s literature in the UK. Ness is adapting the screenplay from his novel.
More on this one as it comes.
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