Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2012 by Russ Fischer
David Yates, the man who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, has been courted to make some big movies for Warner Bros in the wake of Potter’s finale, most notably the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, and also the Alan Turing biopic Imitation Game.
While Yates was briefly attached to make The Stand, he pulled away from that film and instead has settled on something smaller: an adaptation of Emma Forrest‘s memoir Your Voice in My Head. And now it looks like Yates will have Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson along for the ride in the lead role.
Deadline says that Yates is in talks with Watson to play the lead role, a young journalist who tries to kill herself but finds a sort of salvation though the influence of an older psychiatrist. For the role of the psychiatrist, Yates and Warner Bros. are reportedly looking at actors like Tom Hanks and George Clooney, but nothing is set yet on that front.
When the project was first announced, Yates said,
It’s a small film, hard hitting and with elements of magic realism. Compared to ‘Potter’ it would cost tuppency ha’penny, and for that reason it would be incredibly liberating to make.
And here’s the synopsis of the book. Bit spoilerish, perhaps, for those who don’t want to know anything about a film that a trailer wouldn’t show.
Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just twenty-two and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist—a man whose wisdom and humanity would wrench her from the dangerous tide after she tried to end her life. She was on the brink of drowning, but she was still working, still exploring, still writing, and she had also fallen deeply in love. One day, when Emma called to make an appointment with her psychiatrist, she found no one there. He had died, shockingly, at the age of fifty-three, leaving behind a young family. Reeling from the premature death of a man who had become her anchor after she turned up on his doorstep, she was adrift. And when her all-consuming romantic relationship also fell apart, Emma was forced to cling to the page for survival and regain her footing on her own terms. A modern-day fairy tale, Your Voice in My Head is a stunning memoir, clear-eyed and shot through with wit. In her unique voice, Emma Forrest explores the highs and lows of love and the heartbreak of loss.