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20 May 2007 ·

all a bit surreal

The Nim’s Island movie news just keeps on getting better and better. As well as Jodie Foster for Alex and Abigail Breslin for Nim, we’ve now got Gerard Butler for Jack! What an awesome threesome.

And the release date is April 25, next year. Suddenly it all seems real and close – I know that’s eleven months away, but it’s a concrete date, every day brings it a bit closer. So last Thursday I’d chatted to someone about whether I could do some touring when it came out, and about some new books to write that could come out at the same time. I got off the phone and an email came in to say Gerard Butler was in, and then that night got the email with the release date.

I didn’t sleep for two nights…


  1. Giorgia Huzzah from a GAL!!! He'll surely make the movie even better than what it already would've been with just ("just" so to speak...) Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin! :)
    Can't wait to see it, huzzah (again - I know, I'm repetitive, sorry...)!!!
    May 20, 2007 at 6:00 pm · Reply
  2. Wendy You can say Huzzah as many times as you like! And as loudly...
    May 20, 2007 at 6:02 pm · Reply
  3. Giorgia There - my "huzzah!"-ing is getting bigger and louder by the minute... ;)
    May 20, 2007 at 6:51 pm · Reply
  4. Juliet Gerard Butler is going to do an amazing job!! Glad to see you like the casting.

    May 21, 2007 at 9:19 am · Reply
  5. Wendy And considering that an author never has anything to do with casting – I just can't believe I'm so lucky to have all the people I've been hoping for!
    May 21, 2007 at 9:24 am · Reply
  6. Cheryl Simpson Hey Wendy,
    You are going to be in for a real experience now that Gerry has signed to play Jack on Nim's Island. You'll have to check out his Official, Unoffical website...GerardButler.Net
    I'm a fan video moderator for the site. Gerry's fans are very loyal and work very hard to promote his movies...just as Zach Snyder of "300" and Sturla Gunnarsson of "Beowulf & Grendel."
    We are definitely looking forward to this one where he plays a father. I have met him several times and he is truly a wonderful man. Hope to see you on GB.Net.
    Take care,
    May 25, 2007 at 4:39 pm · Reply
  7. Wendy It's a fantastic site; congratulations to everyone concerned. I'll have another explore and do a link tomorrow - rushing to a deadline now...
    May 26, 2007 at 10:16 pm · Reply
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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio