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Focus and Playtone Want Gaiman's 'Ocean At The End Of The Lane'; Joe Wright Will Direct

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 1, 2013 at 1:46PM

Focus Features and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone are set to close a deal for film rights to Neil Gaiman's "The Ocean At The End Of The Lane." Joe Wright (whose films "Anna Karenina" and "Pride & Prejudice" were also released by Focus) is attached to direct...
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Joe Wright
Joe Wright on a film set

Focus Features and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone are set to close a deal for film rights to Neil Gaiman's "The Ocean At The End Of The Lane." Joe Wright (whose films "Anna Karenina" and "Pride & Prejudice" were also released by Focus) is attached to direct, and will also produce along with his Shoebox Films cohort Paul Webster and Playtone. The novel, not yet published, has a dark tone. Deadline extrapolates from the 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.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.