Tom Hanks buys Neil Gaiman film rights

Atonement director Joe Wright to adapt Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane author Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s new novel The Ocean At The End Of The Lane has been picked up by Tom Hanks’ production company Playtone for Joe Wright to direct.

Deadline reports that Hanks and Focus Features have chosen the Atonement, Anna Karenina and Hanna director to make the film, which is described as follows:

“It’s about about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. The narrator describes a tale that begins when he was seven and a lodger stole the family’s car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and a menace unleashed — within his family, and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a ramshackle farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.”

Hanks’ production company is also in the process of developing Neil Gaiman’s American Gods for an HBO series.

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane is released on 18 June 2013 and you can pre-order it for £14.99 at