Ray Bradbury and Mike Medavoy (producer of BLACK SWAN and SHUTTER ISLAND) adapting ‘Dandelion Wine’ for the screen
This is rather exhilarating news to accompany Ray Bradbury’s imminent birthday (August 22). It also coincides nicely with the the fact that I’ve been listening to a truly outstanding two-hour audio dramatization of his Something Wicked This Comes over the past couple of days (and have been finding that it sharply intensifies my already intense longing for the advent of autumn here in apocalyptically hot and drought-ridden Central Texas).
“Ray Bradbury is joining forces with Phoenix Pictures’ Mike Medavoy to produce a film version of the author’s semi-autobiographical 1957 novel Dandelion Wine…Bradbury, who turns 91 on Monday, said, ‘This is the best birthday gift I could ask for. Today, I have been reborn! Dandelion Wine is my most deeply personal work and brings back memories of sheer joy as well as terror. This is the story of me as a young boy and the magic of an unforgettable summer which still holds a mystical power over me.'” (Full story — just a short stub, really — at The Hollywood Reporter.)
Note: For more about Bradbury’s signature evocation of an intensely autumnal-magical mood, see the piece I published about him last October at SF Signal: “The October Mystique: 7 Authors on the Visionary Magic of Ray Bradbury.” My very young column over there was disrupted by the onset of the inward-turning that led me to withdraw from the Web this past January through May. I’m presently looking toward resurrecting that project.