Amazon Studios Near Deal for Todd Haynes, Julianne Moore Movie ‘Wonderstruck’ (Exclusive)

The period film is based on the children’s novel by “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” author Brian Selznick

Amazon Studios is nearing a deal to finance, produce and distribute writer-director Todd Haynes‘ “Wonderstruck,” which will reunite the director with Julianne Moore, TheWrap has learned.

Based on the children’s novel by “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” author Brian Selznick, “Wonderstruck” follows the intertwined narratives of two deaf children, Ben and Rose. Ben lives with his family in Minnesota in 1977, when a mysterious note prompts him to run off to New York following his mother’s death. Rose, who is locked in a house in 1927 New Jersey, also escapes to New York to see her idol, film actress Lillian Mayhew.

“Wonderstruck” will be produced by Christine Vachon (“Carol”) and Pam Koffler (“Still Alice”) of Killer Films and John Sloss (“Boyhood”). Amazon Studios executive Alan Khamoui will oversee the project on behalf of the company.

The producers and representatives for Amazon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Haynes is the director of “Carol,” which has been nominated for six Independent Spirit Awards, three Gotham Awards and a pair of SAG Awards for stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. He and Moore previously worked together on “Safe” and “Far From Heaven,” the latter of which earned the actress an Oscar nomination.

Amazon recently made a splash with Spike Lee‘s provocative movie “Chi-Raq,” which is currently enjoying a theatrical run for awards consideration before it debuts on the streaming service. The company also acquired Nicolas Winding Refn‘s thriller “The Neon Demon” starring Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks.

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