Closer to the Screen: THE BOOK THIEF

The book ThiefThe 2006 YA/crossover phenomenon, The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak (RH/Knopf Young Readers), is scheduled to make its film debut almost a year from now, on Jan. 17, 2014.

Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson will play the foster parents of Lisel, a young girl growing up in Nazi Germany, according to the Hollywood Reporter. French-Canadian actress Sophie Nelisse will make her English-language film debut as Lisel. Production is expected to begin this month in Berlin.

The film will be directed by Brian Percival, who directed the series pilot, and several episodes of Downton Abbey (including the first two of season three).

The book is still on the NYT Young Adult Best Seller list, at #8, as of the current list and was a 2007 Printz Honor book.

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