Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to star in the adaptation of Max Foster’s novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers from Dylan Southern.
The novel focuses on a young father and illustrator (Cumberbatch) and his two boys having to deal with the sudden loss of their wife and mother. His reality begins to crumble, and a presence stalks him in the apartment he shares now with his two boys. However, a creature brought to life from the pages of his books known as the “Crow” becomes a part of their lives, ushering them toward a new life.
The feature adaptation will be called The Thing With Feathers and is produced by Andrea Cornwall with SunnyMarch’s Adam Ackland and Leah Clarke.
“Having been a huge fan of Max Porter’s extraordinary book and Enda Walsh’s stage adaptation I was skeptical about a film adaptation. But the experience of reading Dylan Southern’s adaptation rekindled the cinematic memory of reading this most visceral tale of a family consumed by grief,” said Cumberbatch for Deadline.
The news was first reported by Deadline.