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Joe Wright has finally found his follow-up to Anna Karenina, and it’s a welcome change from his usual films. Deadline reports the British director will adapt Neil Gaiman’s upcoming novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane for Focus Features.
The book isn’t due out until June, but it’s sounds like a classic Gaiman story:
It’s about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. The narrator describes a tale that begins when he was seven and a lodger stole the family’s car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and a menace unleashed — within his family, and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a ramshackle farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.
The nice thing is that this doesn’t sound like anything Wright has done before. After Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, Anna Karenina and even Hanna, this is a nice change. However, we’re willing to bet some serious money that Keira Knightley or Saoirse Ronan — or both — will play one or two of the three women discussed in this synopsis.