The Book of Henry is an upcoming American drama film directed by Colin Trevorrow and written by Gregg Hurwitz. The film stars Naomi Watts, Jacob Tremblay, Jaeden Lieberher and Maddie Ziegler. Principal photography finished in November 2015.
The story concerns a precocious boy, Henry, and his younger brother, Peter, being raised by their single mother, Susan. Henry has a crush on their neighbor Christina, the daughter of the Police Commissioner. To protect Christina from harm at the hands of her father, Henry comes up with a plan to rescue her that he writes down in a book. Henry’s mother discovers the book and decides that she and Peter will put Henry’s scheme into motion
Hurwitz wrote the first draft of the screenplay by 1998. The film was eventually optioned by Jenette Kahn, and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment joined as a producer. An executive at Kimmel Entertainment thought that Colin Trevorrow would be right to direct The Book of Henry. Trevorrow and Hurwitz found each other to be congenial, but then Trevorrow was hired to direct Jurassic World. Another director was considered, but did not direct the film. By early 2015, after Trevorrow finished Jurassic World, he returned to The Book of Henry. Kimmel Entertainment and Double Nickel Entertainment are financing and co-producing the film; producers are Sidney Kimmel, Kahn and Adam Richman. Focus Features has obtained worldwide distribution rights.
Principal photography on the film began in September 2015 in and around New York City and concluded in November. The music is being composed by Michael Giacchino.