We previously reported that Hunger Games director Gary Ross’ book ‘Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind’ will be released in November.
So, what inspired him to write a book for kids?
“[Actress] Elisabeth Shue read it in the movie,” Ross recalls. Ever since the movie’s release 15 years ago, fans have inquired in various forums how they could purchase the book from which Shue read.
“But the book did not exist,” Ross says. And there were no plans for him to complete the manuscript—until he started filming a “little movie” called The Tale of Despereaux and met Candlewick’s publisher, Karen Lotz.
“I showed it to Karen,” Ross says. “She said she’d love to publish it.” So Ross wrote the 96-page book completely in verse.
source: Publishers Weekly