Jean-Pierre Jeunet to Direct English-Language 'T.S. Spivet' Adaptation

November 25, 2011
Source: Deadline

Jean-Pierre Jeunet / T.S. Spivet

Acclaimed, Oscar nominated French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, City of Lost Children, Alien: Resurrection, Amélie) is set to direct his next feature after Micmacs, following in the footsteps of Martin Scorsese and taking on an adaptation that's a family film. Deadline reports that production company Gaumont has Jeunet set to direct an adaptation of Reif Larsen's 2009 novel The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet, about a 12-year-old cartographer who one day receives a call from The Smithsonian informing him he's won a prestigious prize. Shooting will start in Spring 2012 in Canada with a release later in 2013.

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet is the debut novel by American author Reif Larsen. The book follows the exploits of a 12-year old mapmaker named T.S. Spivet, who lives on a ranch in Montana, as he receives a prestigious award and accepts it, hitch-hiking on a freight train for the acceptance speech in Washington D.C. Jeunet will shoot the film in 3D, and it's expected to "be a return to the vibrant world of Amelie." This sounds like a fun, charming film that I can't wait to see, especially because I can never spend enough time in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's cinematic worlds. If you haven't seen Micmacs yet, definitely watch it. Sound good?

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oh man, at first glance that guy in the picture looks like Creed from The Office

bucker96 on Nov 25, 2011


I was totally going to post saying, "I didn't know they let Creed off of the office set."

Daniel Duarte on Nov 26, 2011


Jeunet and 3D?  I'm curious...  Micmacs was fun and I loved loved loved A very long Engagement even if it was slightly over-long (Amelie not so much).   Alien Resurrection was... well, it looked good.    I'm really looking forward to Jeunet's next English language project.

Outlander on Nov 25, 2011


Dakota Goyo should do this.

Mpsaunders on Nov 26, 2011


My favorite director...

Anonymous on Nov 28, 2011


Going to need a very strong natural actor to be the kid. TS Spivet. I hope Goyo would look at this one

Littledarling20 on Jan 27, 2012


You should read the book.  Amazing brilliant young man's family is stll mired in a tragedy, so they don't quite notice when sneaks off to WDC to accept a prize.  The Smithsonian thinks he's an adult!  His world is filled with imagingation and fantasy, and maps he creates.  Been awhile since I read it but our library did it as a One Book One Town.  Time travel, and graphics in the margins...  "T.S.'s trip begins at the Copper Top Ranch and the last known place he stands is Washington, D.C., but his journey's movement is far harder to track: How do you map the delicate lessons learned about family and self? How do you depict how it feels to first venture out on your own? Is there a definitive way to communicate the ebbs and tides of heartbreak, loss, loneliness, love? These are the questions that strike at the core of this very special debut." 

Inquiryworks on Jun 5, 2012

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