Kathy Bates and Danny Glover may be great, but neither will be playing the title role in “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” an adaptation of Katherine Paterson’s classic young adult novel. Deadline says that Stephen Herek is directing and Paterson’s son David will write the script. He also adapted Paterson’s novel “The Bridge to Terabithia” in 2007, which earned over $200 million around the world.
Here’s how Amazon describes it:
Gilly Hopkins is a determined-to-be-unpleasant 11-year-old foster kid who the reader can’t help but like by the end. Gilly has been in the foster system all her life, and she dreams of getting back to her (as she imagines) wonderful mother. (The mother makes these longings worse by writing the occasional letter.) Gilly is all the more determined to leave after she’s placed in a new foster home with a “gross guardian and a freaky kid.” But she soon learns about illusions–the hard way.
I’ll admit it–I’ve always admired Paterson’s work, but this isn’t my favorite book of hers. Not that that matters, but just don’t look for me in line to buy tickets. Nevertheless, it would be regarded as a classic.
This isn’t the first time on screen for the book–there was a CBS Afternoon Playhouse adaptation of it in 1981 starring Tricia Cast as Gilly and Conchata Ferrell as Mamie Trotter, the role Bates will play. The new production hasn’t cast the title role yet.