Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time!
Empire's Guardians Of The Galaxy Cover
Does Star Wars Have A Brain Trust?
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: 6 Issues For £15!
Subscribe today and save 37% off the cover price!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Will Ferrell & Adam McKay Plan Manimal
Digging up the defunct '80s series for Sony Pictures Animation
Edgar Wright Putting Baby Driver Back In Gear
Long-bubbling project may boil up again
Latest Star Wars Rebels Trailer Lands
Disney show puts out extended promo
New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV Spot Online
Get Shell Shocked by the film's rap tie-in
Lily Cole & Robert Sheehan Find The Messenger
Tamzin Merchant & David O'Hara also aboard the supernatural thriller
Deus Ex Adaptation Nabs Predators Writer Michael Finch
He'll script the console game-based pic
Toronto Film Festival Unveils Initial 2014 Schedule
The Drop, The Equalizer, Wild & more will premiere
New Trailer For Ethan Hawke's Predestination
Wibbly wobbly timey wimey trailer business
Chuck Palahniuk Announces Fight Club 2 Comic Book
Guess what we're talking about?
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
09 July 2014
Latest Hunger Games Promo Arrives
The Mockingjay lives!
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Water For Elephants (2011)
Empire Star Rating
I Am Legend (2007)
Empire Star Rating
Constantine
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Francis Lawrence's Awful End
Constantine director takes on children's fantasy

10 March 2005  |  Written by   

submit to reddit

Don't worry, the headline doesn't mean he's dead. Having just exorcised demons by the score and taken a fair shot at Heaven and Hell inConstantine, Francis Lawrence is alive and kicking and ready for his next big project. Hot on the heels of Lemony Snicket, it's another twisted tale of an unfortunate orphan (sort of) and a series of unhappy occurences. Based on Philip Ardagh's children's fantasy novel, A House Called Awful End, Awful End will be a mixture of live action and animation in a weird alternate world.

The story follows Eddie Dickens, who is sent to live with his Mad Uncle Jack and Even Madder Aunt Maud when his parents develop a disease that turns them yellow and "crinkly round the edges" and causes them to smell of old hot water bottles. When Eddie and the crazy pair set off to return to their house (called Awful End) they have a series of adventures along the way, including an encounter with The Empress of All China and a case of mistaken identity with an orphan from St Horrid's Home for Grateful Orphans.

Not exactly fact-based then, but it’s still considerably lighter than the dark and demonic stylings of Constantine. The book is the first of the Eddie Dickens trilogy, putting it in the same potential franchise territory as Snicket, Harry Potter and the forthcoming Eragon. Lawrence's involvement is probably a good thing – he'll get to show a lighter side than he could amid the metaphysical conundrums of Constantine and make one, y'know, for kids!

What's more, unlike Snicket or Potter, these books have yet to develop a huge fan base, remaining in the realm of the "very successful" rather than the "popular cult". Unfortunately for Lawrence, the pressure's still on, because all those "Film comes to an awful end" lines are going to be very tempting for journalists. Not that we'd succumb to such lazy writing. No, sir, you won't find this story coming to an awful end.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

World Exclusive: The New Wall-E Trailer
This kicks shiny metal butt!
Keep On Trekkin'
Details revealed for Star Trek XI

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Classic Feature: The Making Of The Silence Of The Lambs
Is this the most frightening movie ever made?

Classic Feature: Jack Nicholson - Gods Among Us
Charisma, consistency and cunning summed up in a single word: Jack.

Director Matt Reeves Spills Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Secrets
What we learned from our Empire podcast spoiler special

Peter Fonda On Peter Fonda
The Hollywood legend relives his career highlights

Kevin Feige Talks Ant-Man, Guardians Of The Galaxy And Doctor Strange
The Marvel boss updates us on the state of his cinematic universe

Keith Carradine On Keith Carradine
'Television is really the place to go if you want to do anything of substance now.'

Video: Gary Oldman And Keri Russell Talk Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Would you watch Carry On Up The Planet Of The Apes?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)