Jack Thorne in Talks to Script Adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Next Book (EXCLUSIVE)

Focus producing 'Ocean at the End of the Lane'

British scribe Jack Thorne is in early talks to script the movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” for Focus Features, Playtone and Shoebox Films.

Gaiman’s novel, due to be published in June, is told through a 7-year-old narrator and centers on  a lodger who steals a family’s car and commits suicide in it, unleashing ancient powers from beyond the world.

“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” was set up at the end of February with Joe Wright attached to direct after Focus acquired feature rights to a co-production between Wright’s Shoebox Films and Playtone. Shoebox partner Paul Webster is producing with Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

Thorne won BAFTA awards last year for best drama series for “The Fades” and best mini-series for “This Is England 88.” He also wrote the script for Tom Hooper’s 2009 feature “The Scouting Book for Boys.”

Thorne is repped by WME and by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates in the U.K.

More Film

  • Kevin Hart Great Outdoors

    Film News Roundup: Kevin Hart Boards Action-Comedy 'On the Run' at Universal

    British scribe Jack Thorne is in early talks to script the movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” for Focus Features, Playtone and Shoebox Films. Gaiman’s novel, due to be published in June, is told through a 7-year-old narrator and centers on  a lodger who steals a family’s car […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    AMC Adding Late-Night Screenings for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

    British scribe Jack Thorne is in early talks to script the movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” for Focus Features, Playtone and Shoebox Films. Gaiman’s novel, due to be published in June, is told through a 7-year-old narrator and centers on  a lodger who steals a family’s car […]

  • Donald Trump 'Mentally Unfit' to Be

    Donald Trump Is 'Mentally Unfit' to Be U.S. President, Rob Reiner Says

    British scribe Jack Thorne is in early talks to script the movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” for Focus Features, Playtone and Shoebox Films. Gaiman’s novel, due to be published in June, is told through a 7-year-old narrator and centers on  a lodger who steals a family’s car […]

  • Tiffany Haddish Girls Trip

    Tiffany Haddish Joins Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller 'The Oath'

    British scribe Jack Thorne is in early talks to script the movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” for Focus Features, Playtone and Shoebox Films. Gaiman’s novel, due to be published in June, is told through a 7-year-old narrator and centers on  a lodger who steals a family’s car […]

  • Redbox On Demand - Roku

    Redbox Launches Digital Movie and TV Service, Without Disney Titles

    British scribe Jack Thorne is in early talks to script the movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” for Focus Features, Playtone and Shoebox Films. Gaiman’s novel, due to be published in June, is told through a 7-year-old narrator and centers on  a lodger who steals a family’s car […]

  • Nabil Ayouch Talks Taboos, Arab Youth,

    Nabil Ayouch: ‘No Subject Should be Taboo in the Arab World’

    British scribe Jack Thorne is in early talks to script the movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” for Focus Features, Playtone and Shoebox Films. Gaiman’s novel, due to be published in June, is told through a 7-year-old narrator and centers on  a lodger who steals a family’s car […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content