Harry Potter producer David Heyman and Studio Canal are teaming up again to adapt Francis Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. The beloved children’s classic tells the story of orphan Mary Lennox, a troubled and sickly ten year-old who is sent to live with her uncle after her parents die in a cholera outbreak in India. Surprisingly, The Secret Garden has only had three big-screen adaptations since its publication in book form in 1911, one in 1919, 1949 and the last one in 1993. It has had various television adaptations including animated and anime productions, and stage adaptations.
Heyman and Studio Canal made absolute magic with their adaptation of Paddington in 2014, and are also currently working on the sequel. Triple BAFTA nominee Jack Thorne is tapped to write the script, fresh off the smash success of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Jack’s work includes The Last Panthers, This Is England ’90 and Don’t Take My Baby. Jack is also writing the adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials for Bad Wolf, so we expect to be hearing a lot about him over the coming months.