Long-time fans of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s classic, The Secret Garden, can look forward to a new feature-length film adaptation. From Deadline Hollywood:
[David] Heyman will produce with Rosie Alison through his Heyday Films banner. They have tapped Jack Thorne, arguably the UK’s most in-demand writer, to adapt Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved story about Mary Lennox, a troubled, sickly, orphaned 10-year-old girl sent to live with an uncle after her parents have died in a cholera outbreak in India. Initially sour and rude, Mary begins to explore the grounds of her uncle’s estate and befriends a robin. Mary hears of a locked-away, hidden garden. Together with the robin, she finds the key and enters the garden only to discover it is more magical than she could have ever imagined.
This will, of course, not be the first time The Secret Garden has headed to the silver screen. A 1949 version starred Margaret O’Brien, Herbert Marshall and a sweet and cherubic Dean Stockwell.
A less-celebrated direct-to-video effort in 1993 starred Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith and Heydon Prowse. And a silent version (1919) was peopled with actors we’ve mostly forgotten entirely. But it’s a charming story and a modern reset promises to be enchanting.
Read more about the upcoming version here.