StudioCanal’s adaptation of Matt Haig’s upcoming novel, How To Stop Time, will be starred by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Benedict Cumberbatch is linked to “How to Stop Time,” which will be adapted from Matt Haig's upcoming novel. Cumberbatch’s production company SunnyMarch obtained its film rights. Moreover, Cumberbatch is going to executive produce via his SunnyMarch production company with Jamie Byng, CEO of Canongate Books.
How To Stop Time recounts the tale of Cumberbatch's character, Tom Hazard, a man who might seem a normal 41-year-old; however, thanks to an extremely rare condition, he is many centuries old. The plot represents a fantastic love-story that spans centuries and continents
"The prospect of Benedict Cumberbatch playing Tom Hazard is a hugely exciting one and I could not be happier about working with Adam and Jamie, and to be reunited with StudioCanal," said Haig.
Haig is a bestselling author, and the language of his books have witnessed 30 translations. “How to Stop Time” will mark the end of a four years hiatus by Haig when it comes to adult novels. Haig’s latest children’s book, “The Girl Who Saved Christmas,” was published in late 2016 in over 20 countries and is regarded as a sequel to his critically acclaimed book “A Boy Called Christmas.” Studiocanal and Blueprint Pictures obtained film rights to the series in 2015, and have been pushing for development of a feature film adaptation.
Other books from Haig’s bibliography include his memoir “Reasons to Stay Alive,” which remained a part of the Sunday Times’ top-10 bestseller list for 46 weeks, and “The Humans.” He worked in a screenwriting capacity as well on Heyday Films and Studiocanal’s 2014 blockbuster “Paddington.”
StudioCanal UK CEO Danny Perkins said: “We are delighted to be continuing our successful relationship with Matt Haig as well as build upon our long-running and dynamic partnership with SunnyMarch, Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland.
“This compelling novel will make for a powerful film that falls in line with StudioCanal’s ongoing commitment to British talent, storytelling and production. We look forward to bringing it to audiences around the world.”
It is unknown when will the filming begin, but the novel version of How To Stop Time will be released this July. Haig has enthusiastically announced the news on Twitter.