Robert Zemeckis to Adapt Feature Remake of 2010 Doc 'Marwencol'
Last month we heard Robert Zemeckis was in talks to direct an adaptation of Patrick Ness' Carnegie Medal winning Chaos Walking young adult book series, which begins with The Knife of Never Letting Go and is set in a dystopian future where humans have colonized another planet and an infection makes all thought audible, destroying privacy. Now another project might take precedent as Variety reports Zemeckis is now attached to an adaptation of the 2010 documentary Marwencol at Universal, a film about Mark Hogancamp who decides to build a a one-sixth scale WWII-era town called Marwencol in his backyard.
So why is that so special? Well, the task came after Hogancamp suffered some severe blows to the head during a beating outside of a bar. The model was an effort to help build up his hand-eye coordination again, but also served as a therapeutic way of dealing with the psychological demons that still resonated in his life following the assault. The documentary (watch the trailer) played SXSW and won the festival's Best Documentary award (not to mention the same accolade from the Boston Society of Film Critics).
Now Zemeckis really wants to get this project moving and is hoping to round up Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead role (though he's deciding between a number of projects at the moment, so it may not happen). Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas) will write the script and this could turn out to be Zemeckis' next film so we'll likely hear more on this one soon.