Billy Elliott Director Daldry to Helm Film Adaptation of "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

News   Billy Elliott Director Daldry to Helm Film Adaptation of "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" Two-time Tony winner Stephen Daldry, the directorial force behind Broadway's Billy Elliot, is on board to direct the film version of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is set in post-9/11 New York and tells the story of Oskar Schell, a nine-year-old boy who lost his father in the attack.

Literary adaptations have become something of a specialty for Daldry, who helmed the acclaimed film versions of "The Hours" and "The Reader."

Before finding success in the film industry, Daldry began his career in the theatre. He was artistic director of the Gate Theatre in London from 1989-1992, artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre from 1992-1998 and has worked frequently on London's West End. He is currently on the Board of the Young and Old Vic Theatres and remains an associate director of the Royal Court Theatre.

Daldry made his Broadway debut in 1994 with An Inspector Calls. He won his first Tony for the project, and his second for Billy Elliot.

Billy Elliot won ten Tony Awards in 2009, including Best Actor, Best Book and Best Original Score, along with Best Director. It is currently running at Broadway's Imperial Theatre.

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