Black List script ‘A Monster Calls’ lands ‘The Orphanage’ director

Not coming for a cup of sugar, probably

A yearly compilation created by Dino Sijamic and Franklin Leonard, ‘The Black List’ celebrates the best unproduced scripts circulating in show-business every year. The last few lists have resulted in various high-profile releases (Django Unchained, Saving Mr. Banks and the forthcoming Transcendence among them), and it’s practically a go-to guide to the big big hits of tomorrow.

While news about the any of these scripts making the leap from page to film production is a win for audiences, this one does sound particularly special. Adapted from his own highly acclaimed novel by Patrick Ness, ‘A Monster Calls ‘ sounds pretty fantastic:

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.’

Conceptually it’s very strong, adapted from a prize-winning book by the author (itself based on an original idea by Siobhan Dowd, who tragically succumbed to cancer before she could finish the story) – and now it sounds like it’ll be a visual treat too. Director J.A. Bayona – who has dabbled in horrors both supernatural and very real with The Orphanage and The Impossible – seems a perfect fit for the gig. Previously tapped to helm the sequel to last year’s World War Z, Bayona has put that project on hold and aims to start shooting on Monster in September this year, aiming for a late 2016 release. As a side-note, I’ve also just ordered the source novel – and will update with thoughts post-read.


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