Steven Spielberg Might Direct John Wyndham's Chocky?
by Alex Billington
September 25, 2008
DreamWorks recently acquired the rights to the science fiction novel "Chocky" written by John Wyndham. Steven Spielberg is apparently interested in making this his next directing project (presumably after Tintin and Lincoln). The book tells the story of a boy who has a mysterious imaginary friend with whom he frequently argues. As the boy's father gets increasingly suspicious, it becomes clear that an alien entity has taken up residence in the boy's consciousness. Hollywood Reporter questions whether the potential split between DreamWorks and Paramount will push this film in one direction or another. They're also certain that this will be Spielberg's next film, possibly even something he works on concurrently with Tintin.
"Chocky" was first published in 1968. While Wyndham is a well known sci-fi writer, the book seems to be quite unknown, but comments like this one put it in the spotlight. "The dialog is nothing short of brilliant; the dynamics are uncannily convincing. This is an excellent book." As for Spielberg's potential involvement, this sounds like a perfect story for him. We all know he's utterly fascinated with aliens (need I mention Indiana Jones again?) and a highly praised sci-fi story about an actual alien would be great to see on the big screen. Plus, I think I'd much rather see Spielberg go back to sci-fi than back in history with Lincoln. The early details on this film are still rather rough, so we'll update this when we have more.