Lionsgate, Mandeville Films Reteam With ‘Wonder’ Author R.J. Palacio To Turn His Next Novel Into Film

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Following the crucial and business success of the Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay-starring movie, Surprise, Lionsgate is ready to develop NYT greatest promoting creator R.J. Palacio’s graphic novel White Hen: A Surprise Story right into a characteristic. Surprise producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Movies, in addition to Palacio, will as soon as once more produce the difference.

White Hen, which hit bookstores at the moment by way of Alfred A. Knopf, inhabits the identical universe as Surprise, which centered on younger Auggie Pullman, a boy born with facial variations, and his transition to a mainstream elementary college.

White Hen follows a younger Jewish woman hidden away by a boy and his household in Nazi-occupied France throughout World Warfare II. Recounted by Grandmere to her grandson, Julian, a personality already identified to these accustomed to Surprise, Grandmere’s story about her childhood—her fairy-tale life earlier than the battle, how every part abruptly modified when the Nazi’s occupied France, and the way the boy she and her classmates as soon as shunned turns into her savior and greatest buddy — is transformational for Julian. It’s his evolution, in addition to Grandmere’s extraordinary story, that helps White Hen movingly show the facility of kindness to alter hearts, construct bridges, and even save lives.

James Myers will oversee the venture on behalf of Lionsgate.

Surprise, which was launched in 2017, grossed over $305 million worldwide, whereas the novel, launched in 2012, spent seven years on the New York Occasions bestseller checklist. Just lately, Lionsgate, Broadway producer Jill Furman, and Palacio introduced that the title is being developed right into a stage musical.

Palacio, whose books have bought greater than 15 million copies with editions revealed in fifty-three languages, is repped by Nameless Content material and Trident Media Group.

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