Everyone wants a piece of Mr. Neil Gaiman. In what sounds like a good match, director Joe Wright is in talks to direct the adaptation of Gaiman’s novel, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane.
The book, due out in June, is about magic, monsters, horror, and ancient powers. You know, a typical Gaiman book. Joe Wright is the king of dreamy, ethereal, costume-centric films and The Ocean At The End Of The Lane’s plot, via the jacket copy, sounds like it will perfectly complement Wright’s style:
" ... it’s about about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. The narrator describes a tale that begins when he was seven and a lodger stole the family’s car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and a menace unleashed — within his family, and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a ramshackle farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.”
Focus Features and Playtone are closing the deal to acquire the book.