Kathy Bates and Danny Glover are attached to star in The Great Gilly Hopkins, the bigscreen adaptation of Katherine Paterson’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Stephen Herek is directing the story of a wisecracking girl who moves from foster home to foster home until she lands at the house of the weird Maime Trotter (Bates). The lead role of the 11-year-old Gilly is currently being cast. Paterson is also the author of The Bridge To Terabithia whose 2007 adaptation grossed over $200M worldwide. WestEnd Films has boarded the project and is selling here at the EFM.
Paterson’s son David wrote the Terabitha transfer and is also scripting Gilly. Keeping it all in the family, David Paterson will produce with his brother John Paterson under their Arcady Bay Entertainment banner. William Kay exec produces. Bob Berney will distribute in the U.S. through his newly re-opened Picturehouse.