Focus Features has dropped a new featurette for A Monster Calls, the upcoming adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children’s fantasy novel.
As Ness discusses in the behind-the-scenes video below, the origin of A Monster Calls actually stems from British writer and activist Siobhan Dowd. The author was in the early stages of the book when she tragically passed away from cancer. Ness crafted the book around Dowd’s early concepts and proceeded to adapt it into a screenplay, which Spanish director J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) has brought to life in a great-looking picture.
The film sees Lewis MacDougall playing a twelve-year-old boy who escapes into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales to cope with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) terminal illness. The visuals look fantastic; the emotion looks strong. Can’t wait.
A Monster Calls, also starring Sigourney Weaver and Toby Kebbell, and featuring Liam Neeson as the voice of ‘The Monster’, will open in select US cinemas on December 23 before going wide on January 6.
Synopsis for A Monster Calls:
A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.