Russian director to pen screenplay for Bradbury’s feature adaptation

Russian director Rodion Nahapetov has been commissioned to write and produce a film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine, which is destined for the big screen.

With the American science fiction guru turning 91 on Monday, Mike Medavoy and Doug McKay of Phoenix Pictures and the writer’s personal friend Rodion Nahapetov grasped the opportunity to pay tribute to the great master with a feature film adaptation of Bradbury’s 1957 novel.

Dandelion Wine is a very personal series of short stories set in 1928 and based on the writer’s own childhood. The ensemble recounts a 12-year-old boy’s magical summer, full of competing joys and fears.

Many of Bradbury’s books and short stories ended up as films, TV productions or stage dramas, and Dandelion Wine is no exception. It was adapted for the Russian screen in 1997 in a film featuring prominent actor Innokenty Smoktunovsky. In 1988, Bradbury himself adapted his novel for the theatre.

Rodion Nahapetov has dozens of directing credits under his belt. In the late 1980s the director moved to the US but never broke his ties with Russia.

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