"What Maisie Knew"
Millennium "What Maisie Knew"

While the works of Henry James wouldn't necessarily seem to lend themselves well to being contemporized, it's still surprising that his "What Maisie Knew" has never had a major film adaptation before, as it remains a pretty unflinching look at post-divorce child upbringing through the eyes of the title character.

But now "Bee Season" and "Uncertainty" co-directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel are bringing James' novel into the twenty first century, with newcomer Onata Aprile as the titular six year old, observing the bitter custody battle between her aging rocker mom (Julianne Moore) and art dealer dad (Steve Coogan). The film played at Toronto last year, where the acting of everyone involved was praised, which isn't surprising given the on-screen talent.

"What Maisie Knew" will be released in May by Millenium Entertainment and you can check out the first trailer below.