Cate Blanchett in Talks for The House with a Clock in Its Walls

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Cate Blanchett is in early talks to join Jack Black in The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Cate Blanchett is in early talks to join Jack Black in The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Cate Blanchett is in early talks to join Jack Black in The House with a Clock in Its Walls, according to Variety. The Amblin Entertainment and Mythology Entertainment film is based on the 1973 novel of the same name by John Bellairs, and illustrated by Edward Gorey. Eli Roth will direct the film from a script from Eric Kripke.

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls, which is book one of Bellairs’ Lewis Barnavlet series, is described on the late author’s official site as follows:

Lewis had always wanted to live in a house like Uncle Jonathan’s — full of marble fireplaces and secret passageways and dozens of unused, unexplored rooms. And living with Uncle Jonathan, a real wizard, was full of fun and surprises.

But while Uncle Jonathan practiced funny and comfortable white magic, the original owner of the old house, Isaac Izard, had been an evil sorcerer. Isaac Izard had devised a plan for bringing about the end of the world. Somewhere in the walls of the house he had hidden a clock. Every night Lewis and Uncle Jonathan could hear it ticking — sometimes loud, sometimes soft — marking off the minutes until doomsday.

Lewis knew they had to find the clock before it was too late. Then he decided to dabble in a litte magic of his own, and their time almost ran out.

Kripke, Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt will produce and William Sherak, Tracey Nyberg and Laeta Kalogridis will executive produce.

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