The director of The Orphanage and The Impossible, Juan Antonio Bayona, is set to develop a new fantasy action film, A Monster Calls. The film is being produced, distributed, and funded by River Road, Participant Media, Focus Features, and Lionsgate.
The movie is based on the book by Patrick Ness, which "centers on a 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."
The plan is to release the film in theaters in 2016. Bayona is a talented director, and I like the movies that he's made so far. This seems like it will be a great project for him to work on, and I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with it.
Here's a description of the book:
An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.
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. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.