Closing the book on ‘Close’

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Scott Rudin

“Scott Rudin bought the book and asked Eric Roth to adapt it,” says director Stephen Daldry. “They had done a few drafts by the time I came on board a few years ago.”

“At one point Warner Bros. and Paramount were going to do it together, but Warner Bros. was keen on doing it on their own,” Daldry continues. “We were incredibly supported by Warner Bros. right down the line.”

“We constantly carried on drafting and redrafting,” the helmer says. “We were very blessed with Jonathan Safran Foer, the author of the book, who was incredibly supportive of the adaptation’s needs. We finished shooting the movie in July. It was a long shoot — seven months — and inevitably the biggest challenge has been trying to get it out in time for Christmas.”

“The greatest challenge is that it’s obviously from the boy’s perspective,” Daldry says. “The truth is, if we felt we couldn’t find a child, we would not have gone ahead. It was (producer) Scott Rudin who remembered seeing Thomas Horn on the TV show ‘Jeopardy!’ We had a very long audition process, and eventually we cast (Kids Week champ) Thomas and felt we could go ahead with the movie.”