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Newell opening a new Box of Delights

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Monday, April 6, 2009

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire director Mike Newell is staying within the realm of fantasy for his next job, The Box of Delights. Based on the 1935 children's book by John Masefield, Newell will first finish up post-production work on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time for Walt Disney Pictures before moving on to his next job.

Masefield's book follows a boy named Kay who is entrusted with a magical box that allows him to shrink in size, fly and take trips back into the past. The BBC adapted the story into a television program in 1984 and also made an earlier radio play.

Screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions, 24 Hour Party People) will adapt the novel and should have his work done about the time Newell finishes up with Prince of Persia. Brillant Films is developing the project with Sarah Radclyffe, Courtney Pledger, Joe Abrams, Rory Gilmartin and Esther Douglas producing.

"I first heard Box of Delights as a radio play on the BBC when I was a boy," Newell is quoted in Variety as saying. "I was immediately seduced by the tingling, opening harp music and the fantastical, mysterious, magic story that followed."

-Variety.

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