Trying to predict what Joe Wright will do next is a fool's errand. The director has moved effortlessly from literary adaptations ("Pride & Prejudice") to WWII sagas ("Atonement") to assassin thrillers ("Hanna") to Powell & Pressburger-styled melodrama ("Anna Karenina") with ease. But making a fantasy has long been an itch he's been eager to scratch, and a new version of "The Little Mermaid" was once something he was eager to do (though the recent run of fairy tales movies has taken a bit of his enthusiasm out of doing it). But now he's latched onto something that could finally see him take on the fantasy genre.
Deadline reports that Focus Features and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone are snapping up the rights to Neil Gaiman's upcoming novel "The Ocean At The End Of The Lane," and Joe Wright is attached to direct. Sounds perfect to us. And the description of the book makes it sound like there will be plenty of opportunity for the always visually inventive Wright to have a lot of fun:
No word yet on who is actually adapting the book and writing the script, so this could still be a bit of a ways off. But nonetheless, it's pretty damn exciting for both Wright and Gaiman fans alike.