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Neil Gaiman’s Next Book Isn’t Out Yet, But A Movie Version is Already In the Works

You’ve done well this time, Hollywood. You’ve done well.

Focus Features and Playtone, the latter of which is also adapting Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods into a series for HBO, have picked up the rights to The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which comes out in book format on June 18, 2013. The film will be directed by Joe Wright, whose previous credits include Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, and Anna Karenina.

So who will Keira Knigtley play in Ocean? I kid, I kid. Wright also directed Hanna, which is Knightley-less. But Knightley or no Knigtley, I’m excited about Wright’s attachment. I haven’t seen Hanna and didn’t like Atonement all that much, but I quite enjoyed both Pride & Prejudice and Anna Karenina, and I look forward to seeing what the director will do with the fantasy genre.

But what’s the deal with the book? Writes Deadline:

it’s about about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. The narrator describes a tale that begins when he was seven and a lodger stole the family’s car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and a menace unleashed — within his family, and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a ramshackle farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

Holy moly, that sounds good. I’ll just be sitting over here, waiting patiently for the book… then the movie.

(via: Deadline)

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  • Lyssie89

    I’m assuming Keira Knightly will be one of the women. Also, this is going to be fabulous. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  • Stephanie Rizzo

    Duck pond… mark my words, the youngest is a Hempstock. As in Liza or Daisy. Yes indeed.

  • John Constantine

    This is the very real Scientology suicide of Johannes Hermanus Scheepers, aged 29, found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning on August 31, 1968 in a car parked in Harwood’s Lane near the Gaiman house.

    Scheepers came to the UK on a student visa to study Scientology and stayed at the Gaiman home for 2 and a half months at Harwood House South, a mile from the headquarters of Saint Hill Manor.

    Neil Gaiman’s father, David Gaiman was in the Guardian’s Office of Scientology at
    the time. 1968 was the same year Neil Gaiman was regularly being interrogated
    on an e meter and was interviewed by the BBC about Scientology.

    At the inquest David Gaiman smeared Johannes Hermanus Scheepers calling him a debtor and a gambler and claiming he wasn’t registered at any Scientology establishment, though he was staying at the Gaiman household.