Toronto 2012: Popular Children's Book 'A Tale Dark & Grimm' Headed to Big Screen

Jon Gunn and John W. Mann will write the adapted screenplay for the FilmNation project.

TORONTO -- FilmNation Entertainment and Kamala Films are teaming to turn Adam Gidwitz's popular children's book A Tale Dark & Grimm into a live-action feature.

Jon Gunn (My Date With Drew) and John W. Mann (Mercy Streets) will write the adapted screenplay.

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Gidwtiz's original frightening and witty story -- inspired by the Brothers Grimm -- follows the adventures of two unsuspecting children who hold the key to breaking out of the Dark Ages.

FilmNation has acquired film rights to the book and will partner with Marissa McMahon of Kamala Films in financing and producing Dark & Grimm alongside FilmNation Entertainment's Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder.

“We have been searching for distinctive source material for our first family project. We found this in Gidwitz’s witty manuscript and look forward to nurturing the project with our partners at Kamala Films," said Ryder.

Added McMahon: “Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark & Grimm is a smart, addictive and hilariously gruesome narrative that turns familiar fairy tales on their head, much to the delight of both children and parents. I’m looking forward to joining Mann, Gunn and the FilmNation team to bring this fantastically original story to the big screen.”
Mann and Gunn are working with Universal on Chernin Entertainment's The Nutcracker as well as an original animated feature for Skydance Productions. Previously, they penned the Seth Rogen-voiced feature Boo U for DreamWorks Animation and the Mattel-toy-inspired feature Magic 8 Ball for Paramount. Mann and Gunn are repped by WME and Mosaic.

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Kamala is in development on the screen adaptations of Jeff Guinn’s Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde and Nancy Goldstone’s The Maid and The Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc with Furst Films.  
FilmNation recently wrapped principal photography on writer-director Dan Beers' teen comedy Premature, starring Katie Findlay, John Karna and Craig Roberts.

The company also has a major presence at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, handling international sales on Rian Johnson's Looper -- which opens the festival Sept. 6 -- as well as several other titles playing at the festival, including Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder, starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem, and Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children.