“Harry Potter” film series producer David Heyman and StudioCanal are teaming for a new feature film adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved family novel “The Secret Garden” at Heyday Films.
Much in-demand writer Jack Thorne (“The Last Panthers,” “His Dark Materials”) has been enlisted to adapt the script about Mary Lennox, a troubled and orphaned ten-year-old girl sent to live with an uncle after her parents die 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 from whom 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.
Heyman and Rosie Alison will produce in the same arrangement for StudioCanal they did for the “Paddington” film. “The Secret Garden” has previously been adapted a number of times including in 1949 and 1993.