Five years after it was first signed, the movie that was understatedly described as “not the easiest film adaptation,” will see the light of day by the end of the year. Warner Bros. is releasing Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, in a limited, Oscar-qualifying run beginning Christmas day, followed by openings in more cities on Jan. 20th. It’s directed by Stephen Daldry who has tackled serious literary fare before in The Hours and The Reader.
Thirteen-year-old Jeopardy winner, Thomas Horn will play Oskar, a nine-year old whose father died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks play his parents and John Goodman is the doorman who helps the boy search Manhattan, looking for the lock that matches a key his father left behind.
A tie-in is scheduled for November.