Boys to Men
Michael Noonan's 1963 novel December Boys becomes a film four decades in the making.
THE STORY OF HOW AUSTRALIAN WRITER Michael Noonan's 1963 novel December Boys became a feature film begins over four decades ago, in rather surprising fashion. Writer/producer Ronald Kinnoch, fresh off the success of the 1960 cult horror film Village of the Damned, optioned the rights to December Boys and wrote a relatively faithful script, but he wound up shelving the project. Flash forward nearly three decades. In 1990, the Walt Disney Company decided to relaunch Walt Disney Pictures, its storied family-oriented live-action studio, as a more active producer of high-profile nonanimated family films. On the heels of this announcement, Jay Sanders, then an assistant to new studio executive David Vogel, received three scripts in the mail from Kinnoch. "He sent them with a cover letter and nothing else––no calls
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