Lord of the Rings-fame Elijah Wood will be reuniting with Come to Daddy director Ant Timpson for his upcoming adventure-comedy Bookworm.
Reportedly, this family adventure is named after a script penned by writer-director David Mamet which later became the 1997 action drama The Edge. The film, starring Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins, is a wilderness adventure that was also set in New Zealand countryside and seemed to provide both Timpson and Bookworm screenwriter Toby Harvard with inspiration. In the screenplay 12-year-old, Mildred’s life is upended following the hospitalization of her mother.
With no one else to care for her, Mildred’s “American magician father, Strawn Wise (Wood),” is tasked with looking after his bookish pre-teen daughter. In an attempt to keep her entertained he plans a camping trip into the New Zealand wilderness. The script takes a turn when the pair embark on a quest to discover the “mythological beast known as the Canterbury Panther,” though Mildred has only camping knowledge, without experience.
Bookworm is in pre-production and is said to begin filming on location in New Zealand in March and April 2023.