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Participant is reteaming with Wonder producers Lionsgate and Mandeville Films for the upcoming movie adaptation White Bird: A Wonder Story, based on R.J. Palacio’s novel and now in production.
After the 2017 adaptation of Wonder, also written by Palacio and starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, earned a worldwide box office gross of $305 million, Lionsgate began developing the White Bird book-to-film adaptation, and Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman returned to produce alongside Palacio.
Helen Mirren and Gillian Anderson were earlier named as co-stars for White Bird, with Ariella Glaser and Orlando Schwerdt cast in lead roles and Bryce Gheisar reprising his role as Julian from Wonder.
Participant will co-finance the Marc Forster-directed companion film to Wonder, which Participant also co-financed and executive produced. “Wonder is a shining example of what inspirational storytelling can achieve, and we are thrilled to partner again with our friends at Lionsgate and Mandeville Films, as well as R.J. Palacio and Marc Forster,” Participant CEO David Linde said in a statement.
White Bird: A Wonder Story is a Mandeville Films production in association with 2DUX2. Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Robert Kessel will executive produce alongside Alex Young for Mandeville. Renee Wolfe, Forster’s partner in 2DUX2, is also executive producing.
The screenplay adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s book is by Mark Bomback (The Art of Racing in the Rain, War for the Planet of the Apes). The film financing deal was negotiated on behalf of Participant by Jeannine Tang. John Biondo negotiated the deal for Lionsgate.
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