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A Monster Calls Screen Adaptation

Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls Screen Adaptation to be Directed by Acclaimed Filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona

River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Lionsgate International, and Focus Features have teamed to finance and distribute Apaches production of acclaimed filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona's next film, A Monster Calls, based on the award-winning novel by Patrick Ness (the Chaos Walking trilogy) published by Walker Books.

Bayona won Spain's equivalent of the Academy Award, The Goya, for his last film, The Impossible, which was distributed by Lionsgate's Summit label and grossed more than $160 million at the worldwide box office. The Impossible is the highest-grossing film of all time in Spain.

The film will be produced by Belen Atienza (The Impossible, Pan's Labyrinth, The Orphanage) and is slated for an autumn 2016 release.

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.

Director Juan Antonio Bayona has said of the deal; "It is an incredible privilege to bring Patrick Ness' exceptional book to the screen and I couldn't have imagined better partners joining me in this endeavour. After 'The Orphanage' and 'The Impossible,' A Monster Calls is the perfect final chapter in a trilogy centred on the extraordinary strength of the mother-child bond."

Patrick Ness is represented by Michelle Kass of Michelle Kass Associates, and attorney Howard Abramson of Behr Abramson in Los Angeles.

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Last updated on 07/03/14 at 02:27:15
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