Olive's Ocean adapted into a film

A feature film adaptation of Kevin Henkes’ young adult novel, Olive’s Ocean, is being released with Elle Fanning starring. It was optioned by producer Donald Rosenfeld who will co-produce the film with Andreas Roald and Celestia Fox. Christina Hammonds-Reed will write the screenplay.

The book won the 2004 Newbury Honour and is about a teenager who discovers that a classmate who was recently killed in a tragic accident wanted to be her friend. This causes her to embark on a summer of soul searching. Elle Fanning will play the teenager. She is currently working with Angelina Jolie on Disney’s Maleficent.

She will also be seen soon in Sally Potter’s Ginger and Rosa which premieres next month at the Toronto Film Festival. Olive’s Ocean is going to cost about $11m to make and is being financed by private equity. The story of how the idea for the film came about is quite unique.

Rosenfeld was working with Elle’s sister, Dakota on the film Effie which was produced by him. Dakota Fanning was playing Effie Gray who was the teenage bride of John Ruskin, the Victorian art critic. Rosenfeld asked Elle what her favourite book was and she told him Olive’s Ocean. Henceforth, the whole thing started.