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Terminator: Salvation director McG is producing a feature film biopic based on the life of children's book author, cartoonist, and poet Shel Silverstein. The movie will be an adaptation of the book, A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein, which was written by Lisa Rogak.
According to the report, the book "explores the personal and professional struggles that made Silverstein, who died in 1999, a unique voice." For those of you not familiar with what he's done, some of the books he wrote include The Giving Tree, and poetry collections Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic. He also wrote songs such as Johnny Cash’s A Boy Named Sue as well as Dr. Hook’s The Cover of Rolling Stone.
I grew up reading Silverstein's stuff, I absolutely loved his stories and poems. They made me laugh and also provided great entertainment. I »
- Joey Paur
If you were ever a grade schooler in desperate need of clever rhymes and you had finally graduated to the point where you were just a hair too mature for the wacky words of a one Dr. Seuss, your grubby little hands likely reached for a heavy Shel Silverstein tome like “Where the Sidewalk Ends” or “A Light in the Attic.” His sprawling books of colorful poetry and beautiful accompanying illustrations (all his own) chronicled all the issues that mattered the most to children. For instance, flipping open a Silverstein book could point you to the plight of a modern day King Midas, who turns everything he touches to raspberry jello. A perfect hell! Or maybe you’d settle on the story of Melinda Mae, the girl who tried to eat an entire whale, an actually does so in the span of 80 years. That’s just silly. Now, the man who brought so much joy to our »
- Samantha Wilson
Wonderland principals McG (pictured) and Mary Viola are producing with Sean Sorensen and Motion Theory’s Mathew Cullen. Writing partners Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair are adapting “A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein” by Lisa Rogak.
Wonderland optioned the material and will be funding development. Wonderland’s Nathan Stadler will oversee the project.
The project marks the fourth time that Wonderland has worked with Shafer and Vicknair, most recently on “1:30 Train,” starring Chris Evans and Alice Eve in what was Wonderland’s first in-house financed film.
“A Boy Named Shel” explores the personal and professional struggles that made Silverstein, who died in 1999, a unique voice. Silverstein’s resume includes best-selling books such as “The Giving Tree,” poetry collections “Where the Sidewalk Ends »
- Dave McNary
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