Colin Trevorrow looks to be establishing a career of zigging left when most other filmmakers would zag right. After directing the blockbuster bonanza “Jurassic World” he easily could’ve taken the money and helmed any number of big money Hollywood movies, and there was probably no shortage of people trying to knock down his door. But instead, he decided to return to smaller scale fare like his indie breakout “Safety Not Guaranteed” with “The Book Of Henry.”
“The choice was both creative and personal. I connected to this screenplay several years back and it never let me go,” the director told us earlier this year about his decision to switch gears. “And honestly, I wanted to make the movie I felt I should have made between my first two. I think it’s important for filmmakers to build trust with an audience, to create a relationship.”
Penned by Gregg Hurwitz, and featuring rising “Room” star Jacob Tremblay, Jaeden Lieberher, and Naomi Watts, the story centers on the mysterious adventure embarked upon by a child prodigy and his brother.
“…it’s about the moment when you become a parent. That moment doesn’t always happen when your children are born. It can happen years later, sometimes decades,” Trevorrow elaborated. “The story is about a single mother who relies on her genius child to handle the complexities of adult life, and how that dynamic changes when she has to do something unimaginable to protect another child in danger. It plays out as suspense thriller between two houses, but ultimately it’s a very emotional film.” Here’s the official synopsis:
Sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single suburban mother Susan Carpenter (Naomi Watts) works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty family friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman). Her younger son Peter (Jacob Tremblay) is a playful 8-year-old. Taking care of everyone and everything in his own unique way is Susan’s older son Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), age 11. Protector to his adoring younger brother and tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother – and, through investments, of the family as a whole – Henry blazes through the days like a comet. Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry’s kind classmate Christina (Maddie Ziegler), has a dangerous secret – and that Henry has devised a surprising plan to help. As his brainstormed rescue plan for Christina takes shape in thrilling ways, Susan finds herself at the center of it.
“The Book Of Henry” opens on June 16th.