John Crowley will direct a movie version of Bernard MacLaverty's new novel, Midwinter Break, for Film4, which recently acquired the rights. MacLaverty will write the adaptation, with Guy Heeley producing under his Shoebox Films banner. Deadline reported that the project "is on Crowley's dance card after he finishes work on The Goldfinch, the Peter Straughan adaptation of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning book."
Film4 chief Daniel Battsek said Crowley "is one of those filmmakers who I've intersected with, but haven't worked with, for a while. I admire him hugely and feel like this is a tremendous addition to our slate."