Fresh off receiving rave reviews for Flight, his first live-action film in over a decade, Robert Zemeckis has signed on to direct a narrative adaptation of the 2010 documentary Marwencol. While no offers have been made, the director is reportedly trying to lure in Leonardo DiCaprio to star.
The studio has also picked up the life rights of Mark Hogancamp, the subject of Jeff Malmberg's documentary. The original film followed Mark Hogancamp's long road to recovery after he was severely beaten by five teenagers, causing him to slip into a coma for nine days. When he came out of the coma, he had absolutely no memory of his life or friends and family members. He began constructing a one-sixth scale model of a World War II-era Belgian village in his backyard, with figures that resembled his friends, family members and even his attackers, which allowed him both to heal his memory and escape into his own fantasy scenarios.
Caroline Thompson (The Secret Garden, The Nightmare Before Christmas) is writing the screenplay, which will blend fantasy and reality. Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers will produce, with Jeff Malmberg serving as executive producer.