WONDER finds a director in Paddington’s Paul King
R.J. Palacio‘s middle-grade book, Wonder, has finally signed on a director in Paddington‘s Paul King, working with a script by Steve Conrad. Lionsgate, who owns the rights to the movie, actually had another director, John Krokidas (Kill Your Darlings), in mind almost a year prior, but things didn’t pan out with him or the script that Jack Thorne had conjured up.
Aside from Paddington, King was mainly involved with British TV series, including The Mighty Boosh and Come Fly With Me. Conrad’s credentials include The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Pursuit of Happyness, and The Weather Man.
Wonder tells the heartwarming and at times hysterical adventures of a 10-year-old boy who has never attended a mainstream school due to his severe facial anomalies. He begins fifth grade at a new school where he will have to convince his peers to look beyond his surface to discover how he and they are more alike than outward appearances might suggest.
The novel has been listed for the Carnegie Medal and the UKLA Book Award, was shortlisted for the National Book Award, and has sold more than 2 million copies since its publication in 2012.
Source: Hollywood Reporter