Here’s some excellent Neil Gaiman news for your Wednesday morning: the film of his short story How To Talk To Girls At Parties is definitely happening, with its excellent cast and director still attached
THR reports (via Den Of Geek) that the movie, starring Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning (Maleficent, Super 8) and Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime) and directed and co-written by the excellent John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Rabbit Hole), has been picked by A24 and will shoot in November.
The short story from 2006 “told of two teen boys who go to a party in 1970s London. While one has no trouble scoring a girl right off the bat, the shy one is left to fend for himself and has to find a way to make conversation. He soon finds out that the girls at the party are more than they seem.”
The script is being written by Mitchell and Phillipa Goslett and expands the focus from that single party. “The love story focuses on Enn, a shy teenage punk rocker in 1970s suburban London, and his two closest friends, Vic and John. One night they all sneak into a party where they meet a group of intensely attractive, otherworldly girls; at first they think they’re from a cult, but eventually come to realise the girls are literally from another world — outer space. The leaders of this alien colony have a nefarious plan in mind, but that doesn’t stop Enn from falling madly in love with Zan, one of the colony’s key members. Their burgeoning romance sets in motion a series of increasingly sensational events that will lead to the ultimate showdown of punks vs. aliens and test the bonds of friendship, family and true love.”
Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart will be composing original songs for the film with Nico Muhly.
How To Talk To Girls At Parties is part of Neil Gaiman’s short story collection Fragile Things, which you can buy for £6.74 at Amazon.co.uk. Keep up with the latest genre news with the new issue of SciFiNow.