Link | Posted 8/22/2011 by BrentJS
Rodion Nahapetov | Mike Medavoy | Ray Bradbury | Natasha Shliapnikoff
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
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."
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.
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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