Young adult novels set in a dystopian future are all the rage, so it was only a matter of time before someone dragged the shelved adaption of Lois Lowry‘s classic, The Giver, back on the table. The film has been floundering for years, suffering through the usual pre-production hiccups of producers, directors, writers, etc. signing on and dropping out. Now Variety is reporting The Weinstein Co. and Walden Media are looking to Phillip Noyce (Salt) to make it happen. The last word on the film adaptation was Jeff Bridges was on board to star in the title role as well as produce, and we don’t believe that’s changed.
If it’s been years since you’ve read The Giver, or maybe you were never forced to in school, here’s a short refresher,
“The Giver” is a largely introspective fantasy tale set in a colorless dystopian society in which all memory of human history has been erased, emotion does not exist and citizens’ professions are chosen for them. When a 12-year-old boy is assigned to serve as the Receiver of Memories (i.e. the next Giver) he discovers that all is not as it seems.
And Bridges sounds perfect for the role of mentor to the young boy. Hell, I want Bridges to me my mentor! Granted, I had that thought after see The Big Lebowski, but anyway. Bridges actually holds the film rights to the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, and originally intended it to be a project for his late father, Lloyd Bridges. The most recent version of the script came in 2006 by Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) and there’s been no talk of whether or not they’ll be seeking a new writer to either draft anew or update this script.
Noyce’s previous work like Blind Fury, Patriot Games, Clear and Prent Danger doesn’t initial make me think he’s the perfect choice, but at this point they just need a direct with the vision and drive to make happen. I think Noyce can do just that.
As of now there’s no more info than Noyce has been attached and Weinstein and Walden are confidant the film will begin production soon. What do you think? Will it finally happen? Is this a book you want to see adapted? How do you feel about Noyce directing? Bridges starring?
Source: Geek Tyrant
The first Chronicles of Narnia tale with a film adaptation, The Lion, the With and the Wardrobe was an enjoyable children’s adventure (with strong Christian overtones). The second, Prince Caspian, was a thrilling adventure with epic battles not seen since the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The third, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I, like most of the country, didn’t see. In fact, I kind of forget it was even released. Though Dawn Treader had a weak opening stateside it turned out a decent gross worldwide. Again illustrating while we Americans like to think we’re global trendsetters we’re really just out of touch.
After the disappointing opening of Prince Caspian, Disney left the Narnia franchise. This probably has a lot to do with why Dawn Treader suffered so, without the Disney marketing machine many weren’t aware of the film’s existence. But guess what? That’s not stopping Walden Media from bringing us a fourth Narnia film! Except they are adapting the sixth book, in which the events take place before any of the other Narnia books, making this story a prequel. Confused? Yeah.
Here’s what The Magician’s Nephew is all about,
In this unforgettable story, British schoolchildren Polly and Digory inadvertently tumble into the Wood Between the Worlds, where they meet the evil Queen Jadis and, ultimately, the great, mysterious King Aslan. We witness the birth of Narnia and discover the legendary source of all the adventures that are to follow in the seven books that comprise the series.
Movies are all for prequels and origin stories these days so this film should fit in quite nicely. It will also tie back in to the first film which is great news for Walden Media since The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was easily the most successful. Michael Flaherty of Walden Media says,
I love The Magician’s Nephew because it’s a great origins story. You get to learn so much about where the wardrobe came from, where the lamppost came from, where Narnia came from.
If you need those aching questions answered and simply cannot bring yourself to read the books (or look up their Wikipedia page) you’ll be waiting. This film won’t be happening for a couple of years.