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Although he's also signed on to direct the World War Z sequel, it looks like The Orphanage director Juan Antonio Bayona isn't afraid to take on even more horror projects. has just reported that Bayona will also be helming the big screen adaptation of children's fantasy novel, A Monster Calls. The book is written by Patrick Ness and already has a slew of awards under his arm, including Britain's prestigious Carnegie Medal and Greenaway Medal in 2012.

The book is originally based on an idea by the late Siobhan Dowd and tells of a young boy who creates a fantasy world to deal with his fears. Ness will be adapting the screenplay from his own novel. Here's what the studio had to say about it:

A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama about a young boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that deal with courage, loss and faith.

Although it's based on a children's novel, I expect the film adaptation will also have an adult twist - something along the lines of Pan's Labyrinth. In fact, Belen Atienza, the producer of Pan's Labyrinth, The Impossible and The Orphanage is also on board to produce. Currently, A Monster Calls is expected in fall 2016.

What do you think? This project does seem right up Bayona's alley, but are you interested in the adaptation of a children's novel? Let us know below.


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