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.





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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

2 Responses

  1. Underdogge

    Loved this story as a child – saw it adapted for TV circa 1960 and in the mid-1970s. Children sometimes seem very savvy nowadays compared to my childhood time but hopefully a story which is a “good old good one” like this can still appeal.

    • Olga Hughes

      Children still love books like these, that’s why they stay in print for decades. I’d like to see a better adaptation of Little Princess as well, the last movie by Cuaron was dreadful