HECK Movie Gets Juan Jose Campanella as Director
Oscar-winning Argentinian director Juan Jose Campanella is set to direct an adaptation of the children’s novel “Heck”, according to The Heat Vision Blog.
Campanella won the foreign-language-film Oscar earlier this year for “The Secret in Their Eyes” and has directed episodes of “House” and “Law & Order: SVU”. “Heck” will be his first English feature-length film.
The film is an adaptation of the first novel in the “Heck” series, which will see its third installment released this month. The novel, written by Dale Basye, is a retelling of Dante’s “Inferno” aimed at children. In the book, a well-behaved boy named Milton Fauster dies in a freak accident and is implicated in the sins of his shoplifting sister. The two end up in an underworld reform school where Richard Nixon teaches ethics and the principal’s name is Bea “Elsa” Bubb.
Another young boy named Virgil produces a map of the nine circles of Heck, and, along with Milton, plots to escape from the netherworld.
Spyglass Entertainment is billing the movie as a special-effects extravaganza.