We are presented with the rare opportunity to behold magic. Today, we present our discovery of the international trailer for The Little Prince. It’s a story within a story. An aviator writes of crashing in the desert and discovering a lonely little boy from a small planet far away, but keeps the secret to himself, until one day a lonely little girl is drawn into his world. The movie, to be released in France on October 17, 2015, is based on a novella, the most famous work of the French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It’s not the story of the book directly, but a story about the book, and the man who wrote it, and a little girl desperately in need of an adventure and a friend.
The film is directed by Mark Osborne, who co-directed Kung Fu Panda for Dreamworks.
It was director Osborne’s idea to make use the cherished book as the basis for a movie. He knew the story of Le Petit Prince, as his wife had given it to him at age 18, when they first met. His idea was simple. He wanted to capture its spirit, and its important message. “One sees clearly only with the heart,” he told reporter Gael Golhen of the French magazine, Premier. “The essential is invisible to the eye.”
Osborne knew that Orson Welles had originally optioned the book to produce The Little Prince, and he wanted to take Welles’ script and built on it. Unfortunately, he discovered that Welles’ idea was a simple telling of the story with Welles narrating. To solve this dilemma, Osborne came up with the idea of making it a story within a story. The book itself was really too short to be the basis for a movie all by itself, so they began with a question: what if they aviator had never told his story? And what if, though older, he had never mentioned the little prince he met to anyone?
The screenplay is written by Irena Brignull. Leonardo DiCaprio is the executive producer of the film. It stars Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Rachel McAdams and Jeff Bridges, and released in France on October 17, 2015. We don’t know about any planned release dates in the U.S. yet.
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