New Secret Garden Movie in the Works

According to Deadline, there’s a new movie adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel The Secret Garden. It’s got some kidlit movie cred – David Heyman and StudioCanal are producing, and they did the Harry Potter movies and Paddington. Jack Thorne – who is also currently adapting His Dark Materials – is set to write; his recent credits are pretty varied and include Nick Hornby adaptation A Long Way Down as well as crime show The Last Panthers, so . . . I’m curious to see what he does with this. I’ve always been more of a Little Princess girl, as far as Burnett goes, but I’m definitely interested to see how this turns out.

Paddington Featurette: From Page to Screen

PaddingtonProducer David Heyman, director Paul King, animation director Pablo Grillo, actors Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, and Julie Walters, and author Michael Bond’s daughter Karen Jankel talk about bringing Paddington to the screen. I remain dubious about this whole thing, but this video did make it look slightly better than the original trailer did. It’s interesting how they talk about Ben Whishaw being their perfect Paddington voice given that he was in fact a last-minute addition and not their first choice.

Movie News: The Jungle Book, The 5th Wave, Child 44, Mr. Holmes, & More

Neel SethiYoung Neel Sethi here will play Mowgli in Jon Favreau’s version of The Jungle Book.

The Fifth Wave will hit theaters on January 29th, 2016.

And Child 44 will be released on April 17th, 2015.

Here’s a look at Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes (a.k.a. A Slight Trick of the Mind). In addition, Hiroyuki Sanada has been cast in the movie.

And here’s a glimpse of Chris Hemsworth in In the Heart of the Sea, courtesy of Ron Howard.

David Heyman will produce and James Schamus will write the adaptation of Reza Aslan’s Zealot.

Movie Casting: Emma Watson, Christina Hendricks, Jennifer Lawrence, Keira Knightley, Joseph Morgan & More

Christopher Kyle to Write Shadow and Bone Movie

According to a Hollywood Reporter exclusive, Christopher Kyle (Alexander, The Weight of Water) will write the DreamWorks adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s young adult novel Shadow and Bone. The movie is being produced by David Heyman (Harry Potter) and Jeffrey Clifford (Up in the Air, No Strings Attached).

Here’s the description of the novel from Bardugo’s site:

“Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near-impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one unlikely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life– a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha… and the secrets of her heart.”

Any Shadow and Bone fans out there? Are you excited about the movie?