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Dennis Bock's novel Going Home Again optioned for film by Marina Cordoni Entertainment

The Toronto writer will pen the screenplay, with production set for fall 2022.

The Toronto writer will pen the screenplay, with production set for fall 2022

Going Home Again is a novel by Dennis Bock. (Jaime Hogge, HarperCollins)

The film rights for Dennis Bock's novel Going Home Again have been optioned by Canadian production company Marina Cordoni Entertainment, developed with the participation of Telefilm Canada. 

Going Home Again is about a named Charlie Bellerose who, after a divorce, reconnects with his estranged brother, Nate, and his first love, Holly. Holly is happily married but the encounter forces Charlie to face his past. Things get complicated when Nate becomes attracted to Holly's teenage daughter — but even Charlie, who knows his brother better than anyone, can't see what danger lies ahead.

The film will focus on the story's daughther, "A Spanish teen caught in a custody battle forms a dangerous new friendship the summer she visits her father in a country she's never seen before," according to  Marina Cordoni Entertainment.

Going Home Again was a finalist for the 2013 Giller Prize.

Marina Cordoni will produce the film, with Bock writing the screenplay.

"Going Home Again read like a movie to me. I love Dennis's depth of characters, I was especially drawn to the young girl in the novel," Cordoni said in a statement. "I am so excited to begin this journey with an incredibly talented artist like Dennis."

Dennis Bock on Going Home Again

8 years ago
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The Toronto writer shares how he learned he was a Giller finalist and why it's so liberating to start a novel. 5:56

Bock is a writer, editor and teacher from Toronto. His other works include the novels The Ash Garden and The Communist's Daughter and the short story collection Olympia. His latest is the novel The Good German. 

"Looking forward to crafting Going Home Again into a screenplay and to seeing it on the big screen," Bock said in a statement.

Production for the film is set for fall 2022.

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