J.A. Bayona is making some big waves in the film community. His 2012 disaster drama The Impossible led to him directing a few episodes of Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” and now he’s signed on to tackle World War Z 2. But first he’s got to finish up his film adaptation of A Monster Calls, which is based off the children’s fantasy novel of the same name by Patrick Ness. And now some BTS photos have appeared in the magazine Fotogramas, which show actor Liam Neeson in a mo-cap suit as well as Bayona directing two children on a set that appears to show a street completely broken and upheaved.
The story revolves around a 13-year-old boy named Conor (Lewis MacDougall) who, in an effort to relieve stress brought on by bullying and his mother’s terminal illness, escapes to a fantastical world thanks to a tree monster. Felicity Jones and Toby Kebbell play his parents, Sigourney Weaver fills the role of his grandmother, and in a fantastic bit of casting, Liam Neeson plays the aforementioned monster.
The film is currently in post-production and is set to release October 14th, 2016.