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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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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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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.

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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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