“A MONSTER CALLS” for “ORPHANAGE” filmmakers


Already attached to helm the WORLD WAR Z sequel, the director of the popular ghost story THE ORPHANAGE and the international hit THE IMPOSSIBLE is set to take the reins of a major youth-oriented fantasy creature feature.

MONSTERCALLSBAYONANEWSFocus Features has announced that it will co-finance and handle domestic distribution for A MONSTER CALLS, to be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (pictured above) and produced by his regular collaborator Belen Atienza. Based on the award-winning novel by Patrick Ness, who will script the adaptation, A MONSTER CALLS centers on a young boy who escapes his troubles, including school bullies and an ill mother, by venturing into a world of monsters and other fantastical characters.

“It is an incredible privilege to bring Patrick Ness’ exceptional book to the screen,” Bayona says, “and I couldn’t have imagined better partners joining me in this endeavor. After THE ORPHANAGE and THE IMPOSSIBLE, A MONSTER CALLS is the perfect final chapter in a trilogy centered on the extraordinary strength of the mother-child bond.” Adds Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel, “Juan Antonio Bayona is a filmmaker whose storytelling skills and stunning visuals are truly distinctive. He captures emotional truths amidst fantastical and terrifying situations, making him the ideal director to bring this acclaimed novel to a wide audience.” Also backing the feature are River Road Entertainment, Participant Media and Lionsgate International; a fall 2016 release is planned.

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Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor, the position he holds to this day while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews.
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