Marc Forster to Direct 'White Bird' Drama for 'Wonder' Producers

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Lionsgate and Mandeville Films tapped the 'World War Z' director to helm a movie adaptation of R.J. Palacio's graphic novel.

Marc Forster is set to direct White Bird: A Wonder Story, the movie adaptation based on R.J. Palacio's graphic novel of the same name, for Wonder producers Lionsgate and Mandeville Films.

The World War Z director will helm the creative companion from the universe of the 2017 Lionsgate box office hit Wonder. Forster is also the director of Finding Neverland, Christopher Robin, Quantum of Solace, The Kite Runner, Stranger than Fiction and Lionsgate's Monster's Ball.

"To direct the adaptation, Marc Forster brings not only mastery of his craft but a tender heart and gentle vision for a story of people finding connections between each other even in the most trying situations," Nathan Kahane, president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said in a statement on Thursday.

The screenplay adaptation for White Bird is by Mark Bomback. The fourth entry in Palacio's Wonder series and her first graphic novel tells the fictional life story of the grandmother of Julian, the boy who bullied Auggie Pullman in the original Wonder novel, and is set in Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War.

As told by Grandmere to Julian, her grandson, a fairy-tale life before the war for a young Jewish girl is turned upside down by the occupying Nazis and a boy she and her classmates once shunned becomes her savior and best friend.

Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing White Bird: A Wonder Story, along with Palacio. Renée Wolfe and Alex Young will executive produce.

Wonder, the film adaptation of Palacio’s novel, grossed $305 million at the worldwide box office.

James Myers and Aaron Edmonds are overseeing the project for Lionsgate, with Bonnie Stylides having negotiated the deal for the studio.