It has been a pretty good weekend for Todd Haynes. His latest film, “Carol,” premiered at Cannes to rave reviews (including ours) and he’s already starting to get new projects brewing, with news arriving that he’s working on a limited series based on “The Source Family” documentary. And now the director is gearing up to step into an arena he’s never done before — the children’s movie.
Screen Daily reports that Haynes will write and direct an adaptation of “Hugo” author Brian Selznick‘s award-winning “Wonderstruck.” The book itself is ambitious stuff, telling a story split in two different time periods, one described in words, the other completely in pictures. Here’s the book synopsis:
Apparently, the script is already finished, but it’s not certain when Haynes might get to tackle it. In case you forgot, he’s also attached to helm a Peggy Lee biopic that has Reese Witherspoon slated to star. Meanwhile, the filmmaker’s Source Family show could actually get bigger. “It has an elasticity to it so it could expand or contract accordingly but has more of a series rather than a mini-series concept to it,” he told the trade.
At any rate, Haynes will have lots of options ahead of him, and lots of people courting him, given the reception to “Carol.” Wherever he goes next, we’ll eagerly follow. Below, check out Brian Selznick’s introduction to his book.