Joe Wright to Direct Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane Book CoverNeil Gaiman’s new novel “The Ocean At The End Of The Lane” isn’t even out yet (it will be published this June), but that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from already snatching it up for movie adaptation.

Tom Hanks, via his Playtone shingle, has picked up Gaiman’s “The Ocean At The End Of The Lane”, and has set “Hanna” (and more recently, “Anna Karenina”) director Joe Wright to take a stab at adapting it. No word on a writer yet, but that’ll be coming soon enough, I reckon.

So what’s it all about? As with most Gaiman fiction, it’s quite the creative whopper:

According to jacket copy, 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.

Yeah. Dude doesn’t play around with the imagination, as anyone who has read his comics and fiction stuff already knows.

It’s still relatively early, so I wouldn’t expect to see “End of the Lane” the movie for a few more years. Maybe 2014, if you’re lucky.

Joe Wright on the set of Anna Karenina (2012) Movie Image

Via : Deadline