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Donald Sutherland, the tyrannical enemy of Jennifer Lawrence‘s Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise, is to turn good guy in the upcoming film adaptation of Milton’s Secret, based on the children’s novel by Eckhart Tolle and Robert Friedman.
The veteran actor replaces Peter Fonda, who was previously attached to the project. Sutherland will play the grandfather of the story’s central character, Milton, a young boy who is dealing with being bullied in school and discovers that his obsession with preteen fears prevent him from finding true happiness.
Shooting on the $5 million movie is set to begin this fall in southern Ontario. Barnet Bain, a producer on What Dreams May Come and Homeless to Harvard, will direct the family drama, which he wrote with Donald Martin and Sara B. Cooper.
Buck Productions, Riverside Entertainment and Hulo Films will produce. Stephen Huszar, Ryan Lockwood, Sean Buckley and Fred Fuchs will share the producer credits.
The long-gestating coming-of-age film project started with Bain acquiring the screen rights to Tolle’s first work of fiction after the publication of his best-selling nonfiction books The Power of Now and A New Earth. With Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra among his fans, Tolle is a spiritual teacher and author whose work has been read in 40 languages and 100 countries worldwide.
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