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

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by Sophia Savage
March 1, 2013 1:46 PM
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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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6 Comments

  • Annabel | June 4, 2013 7:47 PMReply

    Neil Gaiman is a coward. In his real life Gaiman was being raised by crazy Scientologists who forced him to be audited, controlled and tortured. The suicide in this book is the very real Scientology suicide of Johannes Scheepers, a South African Scientology student who lived in the Gaiman household then gassed himself in the Gaiman's family mini. At the inquest, Gaiman's father, the notorious David Gaiman who would later launch Operation Snow White, smeared Scheepers and tried to disavow any knowledge of him. Instead of actually addressing any of this, Gaiman has built a fantasy about it. He still refuses to address his involvement in the cult, though he funds Scientology and is controlled by it.

  • Tony | May 3, 2013 2:34 AMReply

    Screw gaiman and his bullshit lies.

  • Gerald | April 17, 2013 5:33 PMReply

    The Gaiman household gets more and more disturbing as time goes on. Scientology students dying horribly in the Gaiman family car? Why did Gaiman choose to write about this? It's hard to believe he will be honest about the incident since he continues to defend his Scientology family members.

  • Tata | July 6, 2013 6:22 PM

    Not to mention the father in the novel rumping the maid in the parlor. In real life Neil Gaiman's father, David Gaiman, was disconnected from Scientology for sex crimes involving a student., later he was reinstated. Sounds like a hideous movie!

  • Drey | April 4, 2013 12:35 AMReply

    Scientology explains Gaiman's disturbing writing style, stiff, disassociated characters and miserable plots. What a nightmare childhood this guy had with Scientology students dying in the family car and getting zapped on the auditing machine. Now he's married to classless exhibitionist Amanda Palmer. No wonder he couldn't see she was crazy.

  • Growup | March 17, 2013 5:55 PMReply

    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.

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