While Todd Haynes is likely already wading through scripts, given the rapturous reception and awards season heat his latest film “Carol” has earned, the director already seems to be ready to take on his next gig. Following the premiere of “Carol” at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, the director signed on to direct an adaptation of “Hugo” author Brian Selznick‘s award-winning “Wonderstruck.” And now the project has added a longtime Haynes collaborator.
“Safe,” “I’m Not There,” and “Far From Heaven” star Julianne Moore will reteam with Haynes on the movie. The script is already completed for “Wonderstruck,” telling a story split in two different time periods — 1927 and 1977 — that follows the interconnected lives of deaf children, Ben and Rose. Here’s the book synopsis:
Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother’s room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.
Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories — Ben’s told in words, Rose’s in pictures — weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder.
No word yet on when production will begin, but presumably once awards season duties subside for Haynes. It sounds like an ambitious picture for the filmmaker, but as he showed with his inventive Bob Dylan biopic, he’s a storyteller who can easily step outside convention. [Deadline]