Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Stephen King Novella ‘Hearts in Atlantis’ Set for Big Screen


The coming-of-age drama “Hearts” is an adaptation of Stephen King’s novella “Hearts in Atlantis”, and will be directed by the British director Johannes Roberts, who is teaming up again with The Fyzz Facility to film it.


Ernest Riera was Roberts’s writing partner for adapting the story of a group of college boys and their first time away from home. Set in 1966, the story follows their lives and tribulations, obsession and self-destruction, and explores the meaning of adulthood in a world torn apart by war in which adults can no longer be trusted. The adaptation has been approved by the celebrated author himself.

“As a teenager, discovering Stephen King’s books and their cinematic counterparts was what led me to want to become a filmmaker,” says Roberts. “The story ‘Hearts in Atlantis’ is my favorite piece of King’s writing. Turning this story into a movie had been a lifelong dream.”

Main characters in the story are poor freshmen that survive off aid packages and scholarships and end up becoming obsessed with the card game Hearts. This addictive and vindictive game consumes so much of their time that they end up flunking – which means getting drafted to fight the war in the jungles of Vietnam, leaving their worlds completely unraveled.

James Harris, Mark Lane, Robert Jones and Wayne Marc Godfrey from The Fyzz Facility are going to be producing the film, and the company is going to put the finance together.

“We are delighted to be able to tackle material that is reminiscent of classic Stephen King adaptations like ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ and ‘Stand By Me,'” says Harris. “This is a wonderful story, and Johannes and Ernest have again proved what fantastic writers they are with a wonderful adaptation of King’s source material. We are excited to start casting for the film and working towards production in 2017.”

“Hearts in Atlantis” served as the title story of King’s 1999 collection of two novellas and three short stories. Despite its title, the 2001 film of the same name, directed by Scott Hicks and starring Anthony Hopkins, took two of the other stories in the collection, “Low Men in Yellow Coats” and “Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling,” as its basis.
Stephen King is repped by Rand Holston of Paradigm and Johannes Roberts is repped by Phil D’Amecourt and Dana Harris at WME, Josh Varney at 42, and Keith Redmon of Anonymous Content.

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