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Christopher Monger, whose credits include Temple Grandin and The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain, will adapt the screenplay.
Orphan Train was published in 2013 and is inspired by real events, telling the story of two women from different generations who form a bond in Maine when they realise they share a common past.
The orphan trains placed abandoned children from the East Coast in homes with Midwest farmland families and ran from 1854-1929.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Broad Green Pictures will adapt Christina Baker Kline’s novel "Orphan Train" into a movie. Michael London and Janice Williams of Groundswell Productions will produce with screenwriter Christopher Monger ("Temple Grandin," "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain"). Published in 2013, "Orphan Train" has sold more than 2 million copies in 35 countries and has spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, including five weeks at #1. Between 1854 and 1929, "orphan trains" ran regularly from cities on the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children to an unknown fate. "Orphan Train" weaves together the stories of Vivian Daly, a 91-year-old Irish immigrant who as a child was shipped from New York City to Minnesota and Molly Ayer, a 17-year-old who is on the verge of aging out of the foster care system in present-day Maine. A friendship develops »
- Anne Thompson
Like “The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain” and “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” Felix Herngren’s “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” sees the whimsical potential in a haiku-like title. And yet, the film that this irreverent and frequently outrageous Swedish serio-comedy most resembles is Robert Zemeckis’ “Forrest Gump,” being the decades-spanning account of a not-altogether-there centenarian whose exploits put him at the center of world events. Since its December 2013 domestic release, the film has sold more than a million tickets in its native Sweden, where lead actor Robert Gustafsson was already a beloved star, and it has gone on to delight young and old around the world under various twee titles. Arriving late to American shores, the kooky pic should be a welcome arthouse counter-programmer for those wary of heavier foreign imports, including Music Box’s own “Ida. »
- Peter Debruge
One thing is for sure: I can’t wait for Geoff and Scott to review The Rewrite on the Broken Projector podcast. This upcoming rom-com is about an Oscar-winning screenwriter who is no longer a hotshot and so desperately has to take a job teaching the craft jadedly to college students. The irony is that the screenplay for The Rewrite itself seems awfully bland. The movie comes from Marc Lawrence, who previously wrote such generic non-classics as Miss Congeniality and Forces of Nature and wrote and directed Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics and Did You Hear About the Morgans? The Rewrite is his fourth movie to star Hugh Grant, who plays another unlikable guy who is presumably changed by the love of a woman, a role this time filled by Oscar winner Marisa Tomei. At the start of the new trailer for the movie, we see a YouTube clip of Grant in his floppy-haired days winning »
- Christopher Campbell
4 items from 2015
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