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Ray Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’ Movie Gets Kickstarter Campaign

Producers of Ray Bradbury’s semi-autobiographical “Dandelion Wine” are stepping up efforts to bring the project to the big screen, via a Kickstarter campaign.

The project was unveiled in 2011 with Phoenix PicturesMike Medavoy, Doug McKay and the husband-wife team of Rodion Nahapetov and Natasha Shliapnikoff. Medavoy and McKay are no longer involved.

The Kickstarter campaign launched Thursday with a goal of $350,000 by Jan. 9. It includes a video of Bradbury asking that Nahapetov direct “Dandelion Wine,” which he predicted will win the Oscar for best picture.

“It is my wish because it is a work of love,” Bradbury said.

Shliapnikoff said the duo has turned to Kickstarter in order to tap into Bradbury’s fanbase. “Ray was always very connected with his fans,” she added.

Premiums include $5,000 to be a guest on the set and $7,000 for an appearance in the film as an extra.

Crowdfunding has been a viable tactic for several films recently.
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Well That Was Fast: Ray Bradbury's 'Dandelion Wine' To Be A Film

We were all pretty bummed yesterday when we found out that Ray Bradbury died at the age of 91. His Illustrated Man was one of my favorite books when I was younger (and it also creeped me out a fair bit). Anyway, Dandelion Wine, Bradbury's most personal work, is in the process of getting adapted for the big screen.

I know, some of you might be rolling your eyes and saying "Of Course. Of course right after somebody dies everyone tries to cash in." This is partially true, but it's not like Michael Bay is coming out of the woodwork to declare his love for Bradbury and announce that he's redoing Fahrenheit 451 (but with more explosions/Shia LeBeouf). Also, the script was being written way back in August, so it's not like people were scrambling to cash in. I guess you could say it's been merely expedited.

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The Dandelion Wine
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Well That Was Fast: Ray Bradbury's 'Dandelion Wine' To Be A Film

We were all pretty bummed yesterday when we found out that Ray Bradbury died at the age of 91. His Illustrated Man was one of my favorite books when I was younger (and it also creeped me out a fair bit). Anyway, Dandelion Wine, Bradbury's most personal work, is in the process of getting adapted for the big screen.

I know, some of you might be rolling your eyes and saying "Of Course. Of course right after somebody dies everyone tries to cash in." This is partially true, but it's not like Michael Bay is coming out of the woodwork to declare his love for Bradbury and announce that he's redoing Fahrenheit 451 (but with more explosions/Shia LeBeouf). Also, the script was being written way back in August, so it's not like people were scrambling to cash in. I guess you could say it's been merely expedited.

<<Check Out: Five Things You Didn't Know About Ray Bradbury>>

The Dandelion Wine
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Phoenix Pictures Search for Directors to Adapt Ray Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’

If nothing else, the unfortunate passing of Ray Bradbury motivated one Hollywood bigwig with a penchant for smart, engaging storytelling. While Phoenix Pictures picked up rights to his Dandelion Wine back in August, yesterday’s death has brought the announcement that directors are now getting offers to tackle the story, which now has a reportedly “excellent” screen treatment from Rodion Nahapetov. [Variety]

A first glance, it’s easy to take such news as a prime example of capitalizing on someone’s death, but Bradbury was wildly enthusiastic about the endeavor; after all, it’s one of the most personal stories he’s ever crafted. A quote from last August found the author referring to it as “‘the story of me as a young boy and the magic of an unforgettable summer which still holds a mystical power over me.” Most have described Dandelion Wine as a tribute to the wonder of childhood summers,
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Improbable Friendship Brings Ray Bradbury's 'Dandelion Wine' to Life

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As a child in Soviet Russia, Rodion Nahapetov wasn’t allowed to read American books, so he may seem an odd choice to adapt Ray Bradbury’s classic tale of Americana, “Dandelion Wine.” But an improbable series of events connected the Russian screen star with his idol. Now he and his wife, Natasha Shliapnikoff, are producing the movie, based on Nahapetov's screenplay. Their partners are no less than Phoenix Pictures founder Mike Medavoy and that company’s vice president of production, Doug McKay. It was friendship that made the movie possible. And "Dandelion Wine" made the
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Bottling Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine"

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According to reports, "Dandelion Wine", a 1957 semi-autobiographical novel by author Ray Bradbury, will be developed as a motion picture, with writer Rodion Nahapetov ("Contamination"), attached to adapt a screenplay.

"Dandelion Wine" is is set during the summer of 1928 in the fictional town of 'Green Town', Illinois — a pseudonym for Bradbury's childhood home of Waukegan, Illinois.

The novel developed from the short story "Dandelion Wine" which appeared in the June 1953 issue of "Gourmet" magazine. The title refers to a wine made with dandelion petals and citrus fruit.

In the story, dandelion wine, as made by the protagonist's grandfather, serves as a metaphor for packing all of the events of summer into a single bottle :

"...young 'Douglas Spaulding' knows 'Green Town', Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole wide world that lies beyond the city limits. It is a pair of brand-new tennis shoes, the first harvest
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Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine Headed to the Big Screen

It has been announced in a press release that Mike Medavoy, producer of such acclaimed movies as Shutter Island and Black Swan, and Doug McKay, Vice-President of Production at Phoenix Pictures, have teamed with legendary sci-fi, fantasy and horror author Ray Bradbury, screenwriter Rodion Nahapetov (Contamination), and producer Natasha Shliapnikoff (Stir) to produce a movie adaptation of Bradbury's enchanting novel Dandelion Wine. First published in 1957, Dandelion Wine is a collection of semi-autobiographical short stories that chronicle the magical adventures of a young boy in the summer of 1928.

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All The Joys of Summer Get Shoved Into ‘Dandelion Wine’ Adaptation

“Dandelion wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered.” The famous line spoken by the 12-year-old Douglas Spaulding in Ray Bradbury‘s “Dandelion Wine” resonates even more clearly this time of year. The blockbusting has all been done, the fall is coming, and there’s little left to do but clean up the spilled popcorn. We’re heading into the contemplative seasons, and we’re heading there with the promise of an adaptation of Bradbury’s most personal work. According to Deadline Green Town, Phoenix Pictures has optioned the novel and hired Rodion Nahapetov (hand-picked by the 91-year-old Bradbury) to write the script. The story is an almost-plotless look at small town life, the joys and realization of being alive, and just a hint of the fantastic. Dandelion Wine is still a glimmer in the production company’s eye, though. With a writer on board, they
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Dandelion Wine Coming To The Screen

Dandelion Wine Coming To The Screen
Though his more science fiction-focused titles such as The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451 have long since been adapted for the screen (with new versions planned for both stories), legendary author Ray Bradbury’s other work is still attracting plenty of interest. Now his fantastical, fanciful and semi-autobiographical tome Dandelion Wine is being transferred to the screen by Black Swan producer Mike Medavoy.For those who’ve never read it, Dandelion Wine takes place during the summer of 1928 in Green Town, Illinois. There, young Douglas Spalding experiences all the highs and lows of being young and free in small town America.Bradbury will be closely involved with the adaptation, though the actual screenwriter will be Rodion Nahapetov, who has his own connection with the story, having adapted it once before for a short film."This is the best birthday gift I could ask for," Bradbury says in a statement picked up by Variety.
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Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine" Gets Adapted

Mike Medavoy and Doug McKay are set to produce a film adaptation of classic sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury's 1957 semi-autobiographical work "Dandelion Wine" for Medavoy's Phoenix Pictures says the trades.

Set in 1928, the series of short stories is connected to a 12-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding as he experiences an unforgettable summer in a small town in Illinois.

Though less outright fantasy or sci-fi than other works of his including "The Martian Chronicles" and "The Illustrated Man", there's still a touch of unreality to it despite its much more personal approach.

Bradbury penned this book between writing two of his most famous works - "Fahrenheit 451" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes".

Rodion Nahapetov ("Contamination") will pen the screenplay.
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Rgi Productions to Adapt Dandelion Wine

Rgi Productions to Adapt Dandelion Wine
Rgi Productions, in conjunction with Ray Bradbury, is moving forward on an adaptation of the author's semi-autobiographical novel Dandelion Wine.

Rodion Nahapetov, who is writing the screenplay, will produce alongside Natasha Shliapnikoff, Mike Medavoy, and Douglas Mckay.

Dandelion Wine follows the adventures of 12 year old Green Town, Illinois resident Douglas Spaulding, who is growing up in the summer of 1928. Douglas is based on Ray Bradbury and the story closely mirrors his own childhood.

The news of this adaptation heading into production happened three days before the acclaimed author's 91st birthday. This is what he had to say about the movie.

"This is the best birthday gift I could ask for. Today, I have been reborn! Dandelion Wine is my most deeply personal work and brings back memories of sheer joy as well as terror. This is the story of me as a young boy and the magic of an unforgettable
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Ray Bradbury's 'Dandelion Wine' Set for the Big Screen

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Happy birthday, Ray Bradbury.

The dean of American science fiction turns 91 Monday, and what better way to celebrate than to announce that he has teamed with Mike Medavoy and Doug McKay of Phoenix Pictures. Rgi Productions' Rodion Nahapetov and producer Natasha Shliapnikoff to produce the feature film adaptation of Bradbury's classic 1957 novel 'Dandelion Wine.' Nahapetov will pen the screenplay.

"'Dandelion Wine' is my most deeply personal work and brings back memories of sheer joy as well as terror," Bradbury said in a statement. "This is the story of me as a young boy and the magic of an unforgettable summer which still holds a mystical power over me."

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Phoenix Pictures to Produce Adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’

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Ray Bradbury‘s rich literary output has been the source for many film adaptations over the years. Recently, his short-story work has been a hot topic in the world of page-to-screen adaptations — just check out the writer’s IMDb page, where nearly every year of the 2000s saw a new Bradbury short story adapted into film. But his full-length works aren’t out of the woods just yet, as Mike Medavoy and Doug McKay are set to produce an adaptation of Bradbury‘s semi-autobiographical book Dandelion Wine, which was published back in 1957. [Variety]

You may or may not recognize Medavoy‘s name, but he’s currently the chairman of Phoenix Pictures, an outlet responsible for plenty of quality films, including The Thin Red Line, Zodiac, Shutter Island, and the recent Oscar heavyweight Black Swan. Rodion Nahapetov, who will write the screenplay, is also signed on to produce alongside Natasha Shliapnikoff.

It
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Ray Bradbury and Mike Medavoy adapting Dandelion Wine

The most popular films in Hollywood seem to be either remakes, reboots or are based on bestselling novels. Deadline is reporting that Ray Bradbury has joined forces with Mke Medavoy and Doug McKay at Phoenix Pictures to bring Dandelion Wine to the big screen. Rodion Nahapetov is writing the screenplay and Natasha Shilpnnikoff is producing.

I have never read the book, but the story sounds like it would be great on the big screen. This semi-autobiographical book, which Bradbury says is a "story of me as a young boy and the magic of an unforgettable summer which still holds a mystical power over me.” Keep reading for more details.

Here is the official press release:

Mike Medavoy and Doug McKay, Vice-President of Production at Phoenix Pictures, have teamed up with legendary writer Ray Bradbury, Rgi Productions’ Rodion Nahapetov (who is penning the screenplay), and producer Natasha Shliapnikoff to produce the
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Ray Bradbury's 'Dandelion Wine' Being Adapted for the Screen

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Ray Bradbury's 'Dandelion Wine' Being Adapted for the Screen
Ray Bradbury's classic American novel "Dandelion Wine" is coming to the movies. Mike Medavoy, Doug McKay, Rgi Productions' Rodion Nahapetov and producer Natasha Shliapnikoff are producing. Nahapetov is writing. In a written statement, Bradbury, who turns 91 on Monday, said, that "'Dandelion Wine' is my most deeply personal work and brings back memories of sheer joy as well as terror." In the statement, Nahapetov noted, "When I began my studies at the Cinema Institute in Moscow, many foreign books were banned in Soviet Russia. Still I decided to make my short film based
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Ray Bradbury And Mike Medavoy Team For 'Dandelion Wine'

Ray Bradbury And Mike Medavoy Team For 'Dandelion Wine'
Mike Medavoy and Doug McKay, Vice-President of Production at Phoenix Pictures, have teamed up with legendary writer Ray Bradbury, Rgi Productions’ Rodion Nahapetov (who is penning the screenplay), and producer Natasha Shliapnikoff to produce the feature film adaptation of Bradbury’s classic novel “Dandelion Wine.” Bradbury, who turns 91 on Monday remarked, “This is the best birthday gift I could ask for. Today, I have been reborn! ‘Dandelion Wine’ is my most deeply personal work and brings back memories of sheer joy as well as terror. This is the story of me as a young boy and the magic of an unforgettable summer which still holds a mystical power over me.” Nahapetov stated, “I was deeply honored when Ray Bradbury chose me to write the screenplay adaptation for his novel ‘Dandelion Wine.’ When I began my studies at the Cinema Institute in Moscow, many foreign books were banned in Soviet Russia.
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Dandelion Wine Set For Adaptation

One of Ray Bradbury's most enduring books, Dandelion Wine is set for a film adaptation, Variety reports. Rodion Nahapetov, the writer, director and star of 2008's Contamination , is attached to provide the screenplay. A loosely connected series of short stories based on Bradbury's childhood in 1928, Dandelion Wine was first published in novel form in 1957. The author's official website offers the following official synopsis: Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole wide world that lies beyond the city limits. It is a pair of brand-new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfather's renowned intoxicant, the distant clang of the trolley's bell on a hazy afternoon. It is yesteryear and tomorrow blended...
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