David Yates Ready to Helm an Adaptation of 'Your Voice in My Head'

December 22, 2011
Source: Screen Daily

Your Voice in My Head / David Yates

After Harry Potter franchise director David Yates ended up stepping away from Warner Bros. adaptation of The Stand, it sounded like it might be because of a big screen iteration of Doctor Who. However, since that project is apparently not really going anywhere, now Yates is looking to take on a smaller scale project. Screen Daily reports Yates is attached to direct an adaptation of Emma Forrest's memoir Your Voice in My Head, which Yates says is, "about a young woman who self harms and she visits this psychiatrist who helps her to learn to live again." Yes, that sounds like a departure from wizarding duels and magical action.

Here's a more specific description of the book from Amazon:

Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just twenty-two and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist—a man whose wisdom and humanity would wrench her from the dangerous tide after she tried to end her life. She was on the brink of drowning, but she was still working, still exploring, still writing, and she had also fallen deeply in love. One day, when Emma called to make an appointment with her psychiatrist, she found no one there. He had died, shockingly, at the age of fifty-three, leaving behind a young family. Reeling from the premature death of a man who had become her anchor after she turned up on his doorstep, she was adrift. And when her all-consuming romantic relationship also fell apart, Emma was forced to cling to the page for survival and regain her footing on her own terms.

Praise for the book comes from all over including recording artist Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine saying, "Forrest’s insightful and snappily-written account of her lengthy battles against depression, self-harm, damaging relationships, and potato-based fried snacks is heartfelt and touching and surprisingly funny." Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert says, "Emma Forrest is an incredibly gifted writer, who crafted the living daylights out of every sentence in this unforgettable memoir. I can’t remember the last time I ever read such a blistering, transfixing story of obsession, heartbreak and slow, stubborn healing.” Sounds like quite an intimate and harrowing true life tale that's a perfect small scale follow up for Yates, who has directed the last four Harry Potter films, and I look forward to hearing more.

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