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“Forrest Gump” director set to remake “Marwencol”

Universal has tapped Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) to direct a feature adaptation of the acclaimed 2010 documentary Marwencol (pictured).
October 25, 2013

Universal has tapped Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) to direct a feature adaptation of the acclaimed 2010 documentary Marwencol (pictured).

Marwencol tells the true story of Mark Hogancamp, who loses almost all of his memory after a vicious attack by five men outside of a bar leaves him in a coma for nine days.

After the attack, Hogancamp creates a 1/6-scale Second World War-era Belgian town in his yard, populating it with dolls that represent himself, his friends, and his attackers, as a form of therapy.

The film was directed by Jeff Malmberg and won awards at festivals such as SXSW, Comic-Con and Hot Docs, before airing on broadcasters such as PBS in the U.S., Channel 4 in the UK, and SBS in Australia.

Universal has optioned Hogancamp’s life rights, as well as the rights to the original documentary. ImageMovers will produce the film, with Malmberg onboard as executive producer, and Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas) penning the script.

Several U.S. trades report today (October 25) that Leonardo DiCaprio is Zemeckis’ top choice to play Hogancamp.

For Universal, VP of production Maradith Frenkel and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee the project.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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