, mainly known as the director of sumptuous costume dramas starring (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, Anna Karenina) really makes different sorts of films (The Soloist, Hanna). It’s just that his costume porn - just underlining the sumptuousness of the costumes here: Anna Karenina won an Oscar, after all – is very memorable.
Now, according to Deadline, the director will give his stylish hit girl thriller Hanna a run for its money in terms of differentness and make a fantasy flick.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is based on Neil Gaiman's novel which, if the synopsis of the jacket copy is anything to go by, sounds pretty fantastic:
[I]t’s about about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. The narrator describes a tale that begins when he was seven and a lodger stole the family’s car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and a menace unleashed — within his family, and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a ramshackle farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.
Movie adaptations of the author's Sandman and The Graveyard Book are also in the works. Still, out of the three I find The Ocean at the End of the Lane the most intriguing project if only for the rather beautiful title and the choice of director.
After all, the man who tamed 's pout should also be able to create "primal horror"!