EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has hired Jack Thorne to adapt Wonder, based on author R.J. Palacio’s best-selling debut novel. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing via their Mandeville Films banner. The novel tells the heartwarming, inspiring, and very often hysterical adventures of 10-year-old Auggie Pullman, born with a facial deformity, as he enters a mainstream school for the first time and teaches everyone around him that we are more than meets the eye. There were reports that John August was going to write the script, but that did not happen.
The novel has been on the New York Times Bestseller list since its publication in February 2012. Thorne is a BAFTA-winning screenwriter and playwright, whose credits include The Scouting Book For Boys, A Long Way Down, Blood Red Road, Mortimer Green, and the UK TV shows This Is England and Skins. Lionsgate Motion Picture Group’s President of Production Erik Feig and Gillian Bohrer will oversee the project for the studio. Thorne is represented by WME and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.