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

March 1st, 2013 by Marc Comments

Neil Gaiman and Joe Wright. That’s a combination we here at FTN can really get behind…

Despite Gaiman’s new book, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, not even being released yet, Deadline are reporting that Tom Hanks’ production company Playtone are close to getting the rights to it.

As well as that, it looks like Joe Wright, who directed Hanna and Atonement – both stunning movies – is looking to come onboard as director and join his company Shoebox with Playtone to make this happen. Combine the tone of Hanna with the fantastical, dark fairytale writing of Gaiman and this could truly be something special.

Is it ok to be excited about something you know next to nothing about? If it isn’t, i don’t want to be right…

Nordling here.


It hasn’t been published yet (and won’t be until June) but there’s already movement in Hollywood on Neil Gaiman’s new novel THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE. I can’t wait to read it myself – any new Neil Gaiman is a very good thing, and I’ve been needing my fix for a while now. And for those needing somthing that comes close (SHAMELESS PLUG COMING) you could do worse than our very own Massawyrm’s new book – C. Robert Cargill’s DREAMS AND SHADOWS. I’m not finished yet, but it’s quite good, and has that Gaiman feel about it.


Hollywood’s wasting no time in adapting THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE – according to Deadline, Tom Hanks’ Playtone is coming close to acquiring the rights to the novel, with an eye on Joe Wright (PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, HANNA) to direct, with Wright’s production comany, Shoebox, partnering with Playtone.


Wright’s an interesting director – HANNA plays very much like a dark fairy tale, and if anyone knows about the dark side of fairy tales, it’s Neil Gaiman. He’s not the director I would expect for a project like this, but Wright definitely has the chops to pull it off. I hope the book is as good as I expect, and that Wright makes the material work should he take on the story.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….