Liam Neeson provides a rather chilling voiceover to the first teaser trailer for A Monster Calls, which is directed by Juan Antonia Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible). The film is an adaptation of the award winning children’s fantasy novel of the same name, and while the trailer shows very little, the vibe is dark, and has just the right tone to appeal to youngsters and adults.
A Monster Calls will be distributed by Focus Features in the US, Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain and Lionsgate International throughout the rest of the world.
The film is directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, based on the award winning children’s fantasy novel written by Patrick Ness. The cast includes Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver,Toby Kebbell and Felicity Jones. A Monster Calls arrives in US cinemas on 14th October 2016. No UK dates have been confirmed.
A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama about a young boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that deal with courage, loss and faith. Ness wrote the novel based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, and he and illustrator Jim Kay won Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal and Greenaway Medal in 2012, presented to the year’s best children’s literature in the UK. Ness is adapting the screenplay from his novel. Executive Producers on the film are River Road’s Bill Pohlad and Mitch Horwits, Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairman Patrick Wachsberger.