There are few things in life that please me more than a John August penned film. The BIG FISH scribe’s words cut right through the core of my soul. And apparently through others as well. According to Variety, August is in talks to sign on to write Lionsgate’s adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s bestselling debut novel, WONDER. However, the studio still has yet to close a deal for the book rights. If we have any say in the matter it’s this: Close. That. Deal!
WONDER follows a 10-year-old boy named Auggie whose facial deformity prevented him from attending a mainstream school. Starting fifth grade at a new school, he struggles to convince his new classmates that, despite appearances, he’s just like them. Story explores the theme of bullying and is told from multiple points of view.
In addition to selling more than 215,000 copies worldwide between print and ebooks, WONDER has spent 32 weeks on the New York Times’ bestseller list since its publication in February. It has been long-listed for the Carnegie Medal and the UKLA Book Award, two of the most prestigious and well-known children’s book awards in the U.K.
After the success of THE HUNGER GAMES, Lionsgate seems to be making it a trend of theirs to hire top-tier screenwriters to adapt young adult novels. Not only do they have Emmy winner Danny Strong (who, incidentally, played Jonathan from the BUFFY TV series and Doyle from GILMORE GIRLS) penning the last two HUNGER GAMES films (based on Mockingjay), they’ve also tapping Oscar winner Charlie Kaufman to adapt Patrick Ness’ dystopian sci-fi tale CHAOS WALKING.
What are your thoughts? Are you excited to see how August can bring this beloved novel to the big screen? For fun, take a look at the UK trailer for the book below. We’re sold!