Amelie director and writer re-team for T.S. Spivet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet to helm 3D family film

Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has got a new project in the works, with the French auteur set to bring an adaptation of Reif Larsen novel The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet to the big screen.

The novel follows the exploits of the flamboyantly named Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet, a twelve-year-old cartographer struggling to cope with the failure of his parent’s marriage and the death of his brother.

Seeking solace in intellectual pursuits, the story follows the events that ensue when he receives a call from the Smithsonian Institute informing him that he has won a prestigious prize.

Sounds like just the sort of offbeat tale that would appeal to Jeunet, whose films often deal with social misfits of a similar bent. He will be working from an adapted script co-written with Amelie screenwriter Guillaume Laurant, who also worked with Jeunet on 2009’s Micmacs.

Deadline reports that the casting process has already begun, with shooting set to begin in Canada in early 2012. T.S. Spivet is tentatively pencilled in for a release date somewhere in the second half of 2013, and will be presented in 3D.

Are you a fan of Jeunet's oeuvre? If not, why not? Speak up!

Comments

    • thanerosse

      Nov 27th 2011, 12:26

      I really loved the book, it was so endearing and unique, but the thought of this film leaves me cold. For a start, I don't understand how the story could be transferred onto the big screen. In the book TS has many diagrams and maps drawn in the margins, which was part of the magic of it, and that probably won't translate well to the big screen. Also, the movie is intensely American, and while Jeunet is a good director his work is always very French. Considering the vast array of directing talent in America it's very strange that the person chosen for the role is not even from that country. The one thing that bothers me the most though is that it's going to be a "3D family film"?! There is no possible reason why this film should be in 3D, it's not an action film OR a children's film. That brings me to my other point... the book, while featuring a child protagonist, was not aimed at children at all (think The Red Pony or . While there is nothing particularly unsuitable for families in the novel, younger viewers wouldn't understand the themes of the book at all, and I'm afraid it will be simplified in order to please them. I'm not looking forward to this one at all. End of rant.

      Alert a moderator