Marc Munden (TV’s “National Treasure,” “Utopia”) has been set to direct a new film adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 children’s novel “The Secret Garden” for Heyday Films and Studiocanal.
The story follows Mary Lennox, a troubled and sickly ten-year-old orphan who is sent to live with an uncle in England when her parents die in a cholera outbreak.
Initially sour and rude, Mary begins to explore the grounds of her uncle’s estate and befriends a robin. After hearing of a secret walled garden, she sets out to find it and learns it’s more magical than she ever could have imagined.
Penned by Jack Thorne and produced by David Heyman, who both have ties to the “Harry Potter” franchise, casting on the project will take place shortly. Shooting starts in the Spring.