Focus Features, Playtone and Shoebox are set to acquire and produce a film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's upcoming novel "The Ocean At The End Of The Lane".
The story begins when a lodger steals a family car and committes suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.
Creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything the young protagonist has just to stay alive when the menace is unleashed within his family.
His only defense is three women, on a ramshackle farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.
"Atonement" and "Anna Karenina" director Joe Wright is attached to helm. Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Paul Webster will produce.