A number of author Neil Gaiman’s stories have already been adapted into some quite wonderful films. Coraline, Stardust, MirrorMask and the upcoming The Graveyard Book have all come from his dark and slightly twisted mind. Now one of his darkest stories, one that hasn’t even been released yet, has had the film adaptation treatment approved.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is not due out in book stores until June, but already Playtone co-founders Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are closing a deal to have the story adapted into a film. Joe Wright, director of Atonement, Anna Karenina, Pride & Prejudice and Hanna has been tapped to direct the adaptation, a wise choice too considering the setting for the story.
The novel is only 192 pages long, and is a dark modern fantasy set in the English countryside. Publisher William Morrow describes the film like this:
“It began for our narrator 40 years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark 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 menace unleashed — within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.
His only defense is three women, on a 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.”