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Paul King, the director behind the much beloved Paddington films, is tackling fantasy feature Time’s Fool for Fox Searchlight.
He will reteam with Paddington scribe Jon Croker for the feature based on on Glyn Maxwell’s novel Time’s Fool: A Tale in Verse, which follows a young man who is cursed to ride a train for all eternity — except for one night every seven years, when the train pulls into his hometown, and he has only a few hours to unravel the nature of his curse.
“I’ve always been attracted to films which use magical ideas to explore real human emotions. And so when, one rainy afternoon, Jon poured me a cup of tea and told me the story of Time’s Fool, I was immediately hooked. It’s a captivating tale of wonder and heartbreak which sets the pulse racing and the imagination on fire. David, Jon and I will do our best not to mess it up,” said King.
Added Croker: “When I first read Glyn’s book 12 years ago, I simply couldn’t put it down — it’s romantic yet realistic, funny yet sad, epic yet intimate, and above all, profoundly human. Paul is so good at finding cinematic ways of expressing deep feelings that this felt like the perfect fit for his unique talents.”
King and Croker will also produce, along with Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts producer David Heyman.
David Greenbaum, Matthew Greenfield, Katie Goodson-Thomas and Peter Spencer will oversee for the studio.
King is repped by the U.K.’s Independent, WME and Nelson Davis; Croker is repped by Independent, WME and Grandview.
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