As he continues the search for a follow-up to his return to live action with Flight, Robert Zemeckis is zeroing in on several projects. He’s already attached to Charlie Kaufman’s young adult book adaptation Chaos Walking and The Hollywood Reporter brings word that he’s also now considering making a film version of 2010 documentary Marwencol.
The doc charts the recovery of Mark Hogancamp, who suffered severe brain trauma when he was beaten by five teenagers and ended up in a coma for nine days.
When he emerged, he had no memory of his life, his friends and his family. In a form of therapy, he began building a 1/6 scale model of a World War II-era Belgian village in his backyard, replete with figures made in the image of him, his friends, and, shockingly to some, his attackers. While the process mends his mind to a certain extent, it also lets him escape into a fantasy world in which he creates various scenarios with the dolls.
Jeff Malmberg directed the original version, which was praised by critics and scored a gong at the 2011 Indie spirit awards. Nightmare Before Christmas writer Caroline Thompson is at work on the script for Universal, which is looking for a film that will mix reality and fantasy and, like Chaos Walking, could give Zemeckis scope to blend his performance capture techniques into a live-action film. It remains to be seen which project he picks, assuming either makes it through development.