The director of last year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar will direct a new Spyglass Entertainment project. According to Heat Vision Blog, Juan José Campanella (The Secret in Their Eyes) has come aboard to direct Heck.
The film will be an adaptation of the children's fantasy book series Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go, written by Dale E. Bayse and illustrated by Bob Dob, which was described by the site as a children's version of Dante's Inferno. The story centers on a good young boy named Milton Fauster and his rebellious, shoplifting sister who both die in a car accident and end up in a purgatory-like reform school called Heck. It was said that the faculty includes the likes of Lizzie Borden as the home economics teacher, and Richard Nixon as the ethics teacher. Milton, who doesn't believe he belongs there, hatches a plan with a boy named Virgil to escape.
Heck will mark Campanella's English-language directing debut and it was said that the production company Spyglass Entertainment is currently seeking writers to adapt the book.