Per Deadline, Jones will play the character of Mum, and the production is reportedly courting Liam Neeson to play the part of “the Monster.” So what’s the set-up of the tale by author Patrick Ness (who is also penning the script)? A young boy retreats into a fantastical world of monsters and other creatures as a way of coping with the illness of his mother and bullying classmates.
The film, which is eyeing a fall 2016 release, is a co-production between River Road, Lionsgate, Participant and Focus Features.
Next up on Jones’ slate is “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” James Marsh’s “Theory of Everything,” and “True Story,” opposite James Franco and Jonah Hill. Bayona, who directed 2012’s tsunami-drama “The Impossible” and 2007 horror title “The Orphanage,” has Showtime’s Sam Mendes-produced “Penny Dreadful” coming up, for which Bayona directed the pilot. He’s also lined up for the “World War Z” sequel, whenever that gets rolling.