Director Marc Webb has been especially busy since making two Amazing Spider-Man movies for Sony, released in 2012 and 2014. He has a new movie called Gifted, starring Chris Evans, opening in select cities this Friday, and another one called The Only Living Boy in New York coming out this August.
On top of that, he’s also been developing a lot of television shows as executive producer on the Emmy-winning Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the TV version of Limitless.
When speaking with Webb about Gifted recently, LRM asked him about other projects he’s working on.
Besides finishing up Only Living Boy and doing a television pilot with Alan Cumming called Instinct, Webb told us that he’s in the early stages of developing a movie with Working Title Films called Three Bags Full.
That would be Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story, Leonie Swann’s 2006 novel about a flock of Irish sheep who set out to solve the murder of their shepherd. Originally written in German and called “Glennkill” after the fictional town where it takes place, the book was translated into English in 2006.
Webb told LRM that the project is very much in the early stages of development, but there have only been a few previous mentions of a movie being made to be found anywhere with The Hangover‘s Craig Mazin previously adapting it for Scott Frank (A Walk Among the Tombstones) to direct.
Lindsay Doran, who produced the Nanny McPhee movies and Stranger Than Fiction had been producing this adaptation, and doing a little more digging, the plans are to make the movie using a combination of live action and CG sheep (similar to Babe and other family films).
The original plan was to make a subversive family film that can appeal to a wider audience, but Marc Webb mentioning it as a possible project might mean that others (like Scott Frank) have moved onto other things.
Webb also mentioned developing a movie about the Westboro Baptist Church based on a New Yorker article, but we weren’t able to follow-up or ask if it was based on their piece about Megan Phelps-Roper.
Look for the rest of our interview with Webb later this week.