'Kill Your Darlings' Director Boards Young Adult Adaptation 'Wonder'
After diving into rather dramatic indie territory with Kill Your Darlings last year, director John Krokidas is heading into young adult territory. However, thankfully it won't be another dystopian sci-fi adventure as THR reports Krokidas will be at the helm of the adaptation of Wonder, a novel by R.J. Palacio from 2012. Sounding similar to the 1985 film Mask, the film follows a 10-year-old boy named Auggie Pullman who has facial difference which has kept him from going to a mainstream school. We join him as he heads into fifth grade at Beecher Prep, only wanting to fit in. Of course, he'll teach everyone not to judge a book by its cover.
This sounds pretty cheesy for a promising director like Krokidas, but maybe he'll bring a different kind of style to a story that could easily turn into something hokey. The book is pretty popular, having sold 2 million copies since being published a couple years ago, and making the New York Times best seller list. Wonder was also up for prestigious children's literature awards like the Carnegie Medal, so this must be one hell of a story. Krokidas is also slated to reteam with his Kill Your Darlings stars Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe with Young Republicans, but it's not clear when that project will happen. Stay tuned.