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J.A. Bayona to Take on 'A Monster Calls' Before 'World War Z' Sequel

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March 5, 2014
Source: The Wrap

A Monster Calls

Late last year we learned that Juan Antonio Bayona, better known as J.A. Bayona, would step into the director's chair for the gestating sequel to World War Z at Paramount Pictures. However, before that project gets off the ground, The Wrap reports Bayona has been tapped to direct A Monster Calls, based on the novel of the same name by author Patrick Ness of the Chaos Walking trilogy. The project sounds remarkably different than his work on The Impossible as it follows a young boy dealing with his mother's debilitating illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales.

Here's the book's official synopsis:

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.

This sounds like an awesome story with the potential for some really great fantasy sequences. Ness will adapt his own book for the big screen, and hopefully a lot of the book's illustrations will inspire some great production and creature design for the film. River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Lionsgate International and Focus Features are all teaming up to finance and distribute the film, but it will be the latter who sends it to theaters in the United States. That kind of collaboration guarantees this film will be seen by a wide international audience, and we're very interested to see how it turns out. Sound good?

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Reader Feedback - 8 Comments

1

Could it be druid horror? Finally!

DAVIDPD on Mar 5, 2014

2

Will this adaptation also only have something to do in the title and nothing else from the source material?

Fidel Reyes on Mar 5, 2014

3

Good for your aunt. Now go shove it up your ass spammer.

Rock n Rollllll on Mar 6, 2014

4

Never heard of the story but it sounds fantastic. Very intrigued, sounds like a story Laika should take on.

Danimal on Mar 6, 2014

5

Ditto Danimal. Keeping an eye on this one.

Jason on Mar 6, 2014

6

You got me reading Ethan!

mooreworthy on Mar 6, 2014

7

Sounds like a great story. Gotta read the book before the movie comes out.

Rock n Rollllll on Mar 6, 2014

8

Fantastic book. Difficult sell because it'll be very hard to make this kid friendly while keeping the core of the book intact, but if they keep the core intact it'll be a tough sell to adults. If they stick to the book and its done correctly it could be comparable to Pans Labyrinth....and considering Bayona's recent track record I have high hopes for this.

UrAllThumb on Mar 10, 2014

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