Kevin Macdonald Will Next Direct an Adaptation of 'How I Live Now'

May 6, 2011
Source: Variety

How I Live Now / Kevin Macdonald

We just recently saw the first poster and a spectacular trailer for his YouTube user-generated documentary Life in a Day, and now director Kevin Macdonald has his next project lined up. Variety reports he will be at the helm of an adaptation of Meg Rosoff's novel How I Live Now, the story of a 15-year-old girl from New York who is sent to England one summer to stay with cousins she has never met. Though at first she has some difficulty dealing with her relatives, she soon gets comfortable  and falls in love with her cousin, but the affair is affected by the outbreak of a fictionalized war, which separates the whole family.

However, the project is still at the script stage with Tony Grisoni (Red Riding Trilogy) and Jeremy Brock who wrote The Last King of Scotland for Macdonald previously. The project will also reunite Macdonald with that film's producer Charles Steel and Protagonist Pictures will be presenting it to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival later this month. In addition, the director also has his Bob Marley documentary, aptly titled Marley, on the way after being sold at the European Film Market earlier this year. Macdonald has made some interesting choices gestating back and forth between documentaries and dramas recently, and this new adaptation at least sounds like something original. What do you think?

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