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Ray Bradbury, Mike Medavoy Adapting 'Dandelion Wine' Into Feature Film

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"This is the best birthday gift I could ask for," says the author, who turns 91 Monday.

Ray Bradbury is joining forces with Phoenix Pictures’ Mike Medavoy to produce a film version of the author’s semi-autobiographical 1957 novel Dandelion Wine.

The book is set in 1928 and centers on a 12-year-old boy as he experiences small-town, summer life.

RGI Prods.’ Rodion Nahapetov is writing the screenplay.

Medavoy and Phoenix vp of production Doug McKay will produce along with Bradbury, Nahapetov and Natasha Shliapnikoff.

Bradbury, who turns 91 on Monday, said, “This is the best birthday gift I could ask for. Today, I have been reborn! Dandelion Wine is my most deeply personal work and brings back memories of sheer joy as well as terror. This is the story of me as a young boy and the magic of an unforgettable summer which still holds a mystical power over me.”

Medavoy, whose most recent films include Shutter Island and Black Swan, is currently producing What to Expect When You’re Expecting, which Lionsgate will release in May.