Yaron Zilberman (“A Late Quartet”) is set to write and direct “Sonata,” a film based on “Ender’s Game” author Orson Scott Card’s 1979 science-fiction short story “Unaccompanied Sonata”.
The story follows a child who has been brought up to be a musical prodigy, and who is kept away from listening to other people’s music to keep his creative expressions pure. Raised alone in a cabin by servants, he spends his days toiling on a complicated musical instrument.
Finally, he gains exposure to the works of Bach, and when discovered by a ‘watcher,’ the man is torn away from his lifelong composition and barred from making music ever again.
Card reportedly didn’t plan to sell the rights to the film until he saw Zilberman’s work with “A Late Quartet” and realised it could be translated to the screen after all. Zilberman, Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz will produce.