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Martin Hynes will Conjure Up a ‘Magician’

Not every filmmaker who casts Zooey Deschanel in their indie debut film make a quick cross over into their next directing gig with a studio project.

Not every filmmaker who casts Zooey Deschanel in their indie debut film make a quick cross over into their next directing gig with a studio project (just looking at this list there have been a few). While I didn’t care for Martin Hynes no-budget, tired road trip formula/calling card of a film (The Go-Getter), I’m glad that he is not stuck in “P” for Park. Hynes’ next directing gig is for 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of a children’s book – the studio has a craving for such material with the upcoming releases of Fantastic Mr. Fox and next year’s Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and also have an appetite for Kate DiCamillo books as was the case with Because of Winn Dixie.

Hynes will adapt the not yet published DiCamillo book entitled The Magician’s Elephant, which centers on impossible things that may happen when a fortune teller tells an orphan boy that an elephant will lead him to his long-lost sister. Long-time family film specialist Julie Pistor will produce the project.

Variety also reports the Hynes is attached to direct from his own script the romance-thriller “4 A.M. Automatic” and he is currently paying the bills by rewriting New Line’s “The Quiet Type” for Michael London and Kent Alterman.

I was wondering what our readers thought of Hynes’ little seen The Go-Getter?

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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