Seth Gordon Seduced By Queen Of Hearts
For a fictionalised Lewis Carroll biopic
Seth Gordon is racking up the future projects this week. Having just been attached to direct the long-in-the-works Uncharted movie, he's now also developing Queen Of Hearts from the Black List debut screenplay by Stephanie Shannon.
The title obviously refers to Lewis Carroll and Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, but Queen Of Hearts is more along the lines of Marc Forster's 2004 film Finding Neverland (centered on Peter Pan's J. M. Barrie) than those of Tim Burton's Alice and its incoming sequel by James Bobin.
This story will centre on Lewis Carroll - a pen-name for Charles Dodgson - and the "passionate affair" that leaves him broken-hearted and leads him to write his most famous work.
From that description it seems unlikely that the relationship in focus is that of Dodgson and Alice Liddell, so we'd assume his affair in the story is with Alice's mother Lorina, with whom he's known to have been close. There's no real evidence of anything stronger than friendship between the two, however (Dodgson's diaries of the period no longer exist), so there's likely some artistic licence at play here.
Shannon won the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowship In Screenwriting competition, and is a former assistant of Gordon's manager David McIlvain, who's acting as one of Queen Of Hearts' producers.
However, while this is a hopeful sign that the script will be produced, Sony's tentpole Uncharted is Gordon's first priority, so don't expect Queen Of Hearts in the immediate future.