“Harry Potter” director David Yates has signed on to direct an adaptation of UK writer Emma Forrest’s memoir “Your Voice in My Head” for London-based Ruby Films. Forrest has also written the screenplay.
Ruby, which picked up feature rights to “Voice” early this year, made the announcement Wednesday. “Voice” has been developed with funding from the British Film Institute’s Film Fund. Forrest has written the screenplay, set in New York, London and Istanbul, which Alison Owen will produce. Lensing is expected to start next summer.
“Your Voice in My Head” explores the personal crisis she faced when an all-consuming romance fell apart and her psychiatrist died.
Describing “Voice,” Yates said, “It’s a small film, hard hitting and with elements of magic realism. Compared to ‘Potter’ it would cost tuppency ha’penny, and for that reason it would be incredibly liberating to make.”
Here’s how the memoir, “Your Voice in My Head” is described:
Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just twenty-two and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist—a man whose wisdom and humanity would wrench her from the dangerous tide after she tried to end her life. She was on the brink of drowning, but she was still working, still exploring, still writing, and she had also fallen deeply in love. One day, when Emma called to make an appointment with her psychiatrist, she found no one there. He had died, shockingly, at the age of fifty-three, leaving behind a young family. Reeling from the premature death of a man who had become her anchor after she turned up on his doorstep, she was adrift. And when her all-consuming romantic relationship also fell apart, Emma was forced to cling to the page for survival and regain her footing on her own terms.
A modern-day fairy tale, Your Voice in My Head is a stunning memoir, clear-eyed and shot through with wit. In her unique voice, Emma Forrest explores the highs and lows of love and the heartbreak of loss.
Yates directed 2007’s “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, 2009’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” as well as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” and 2.