Robert Zemeckis to Direct Adaptation of Documentary MARWENCOL

     October 24, 2013

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Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis made a much-welcomed return to the world of live-action last year with Flight, and it appears that the director has now settled on his follow-up project.  Heat Vision reports that Zemeckis is developing a feature film adaptation of director Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 documentary Marwencol for Universal as his next picture.  The doc tells the story of Mark Hogancamp, a man who was assaulted by five teens and sent into a nine-day coma.  When he awoke, he had no memory of his life, family, or friends.  In an effort to cope with the trauma, he began building a 1/6 scale model of a WWII-era Belgian village in his backyard.  The figures were made in the image of him, his friends, and surprisingly his attackers, and “allowed him to escape into a fantasy world in which he creates his various scenarios with the dolls.”

Hit the jump for more, including the trailer for the documentary.

Per Heat Vision, Universal drama will move between fantasy and reality, which one assumes was a big draw for the technologically ambitious Zemeckis.  The film certainly has major potential for a strong lead performance and fascinating visuals, so Zemeckis seems like a swell fit.  Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas scribe Caroline Thompson will pen the screenplay, which bodes well for the film’s fantastical aspects.  Zemeckis has been developing a number of different projects over the past couple of years, including Major Matt Mason with Tom Hanks.  Most recently, the Forrest Gump helmer entered talks to direct an adaptation of the YA series Chaos Walking, which was scripted by Charlie Kaufman.  According to this new report, though, Marwencol will be the director’s next film.

Watch the trailer for Marwencol below, and check out the full film over on Netflix Instant Watch.


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