EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures beat out four studios today to acquire a pitch for a new film version of the Frances Hodgson Burnett novel The Secret Garden that will be scripted by Oscar-nominated Beasts Of The Southern Wild co-writer Lucy Alibar. She will work closely with Guillermo del Toro, who’ll produce with Mark Johnson. Del Toro and Johnson are re-teaming after they produced the 2011 feature remake of the classic ABC telepic Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark.
There was a swirl of interest in the hope that del Toro could direct, but he’s so busy with his other projects–he opens the big global tent pole Pacific Rim this summer and is working on a sequel; he’s turning Pan’s Labyrinth into a stage musical; he next helms the haunted house pic Crimson Peak; and he’ll direct the pilot for an FX series adaptation of The Strain, the apocalyptic vampire novel he wrote with Chuck Hogan–that del Toro will guide Alibar creatively as producer. Both of them have had success with projects surrounding young people who build fantasy worlds as a way of dealing with loneliness, grief, loss and abandonment (del Toro with Pan’s Labyrinth). In both cases, the girls create mythic threatening beasts they are forced to outmaneuver or stare down. Read More »
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EXCLUSIVE: Lucy Alibar, co-writer of Beasts Of The Southern Wild, has closed a deal to write her next screenplay for Escape Artists. It is an original idea that is inspired by Alibar’s play, Christmas and Jubilee Behold the Meteor Shower. Alibar co-wrote Beasts Of The Southern Wild with Behn Zeitlin, which is based on her original play Juicy and Delicious. The film won this year’s Sundance’s Narrative Grand Jury prize. Fox Searchlight acquired the film at that festival and screened it tonight and received a rousing response at the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard.
“This is the first time in many years that I have met such a young, unique and fresh voice and we are very excited to be working with Lucy” said Todd Black from Escape Artists.
Alibar is repped by Gersh and Dan Halsted at Manage-ment.
EXCLUSIVE: Alibar and director Benh Zeitlin adapted the 2012 Sundance winner from her play Juicy And Delicious. The Beasts Of The Southern Wild world premiere received a standing ovation at the Eccles Theater early in the festival, with many festival attendees buzzing about its unique storyline centered on a young girl in a forgotten community in the Louisiana bayou. Alibar’s previous plays include A Friend Of Dorothy, Gorgeous Raptors, Mommy Says I’m Pretty On The Insides and Home Baking Made Easy, a musical about sex and Southern food. Fox Searchlight acquired Beasts Of The Southern Wild at Sundance and slated it for release later this year.