Bob Berney’s Picturehouse has teamed up with WestEnd to bring Katherine Paterson’s best selling children’s novel “The Great Gilly Hopkins” to the big screen. Stephen Herek (Mr. Holland's Opus) is on-board to helm the project based on David Paterson’s script. Kathy Bates is attached to play the role of Trotter (Gilly's new foster mother) while Danny Glover will play as Mr. Randolph, Trotter's next-door neighbor, and there’s no official word yet on who will depict the lead role for the film. William Teitler will produce the adaptation.
The story follows an 11-year-old girl "Gilly" Hopkins who has been in and out of foster homes since she was 3-year old. Whenever she becomes familiar with a new family, they find a reason to get rid of her. Therefore, to defend herself against the hurt, she’s decided to be unpleasant to everyone. She's decided that pushing everybody away from the beginning is the only way to stay alive. But, her newest foster mother, Trotter, isn't so simply pushed away. She's accustomed to difficult kids, and she's eager to get in touch with Gilly who, in turn, is disgusted by her hefty size. Just when she’s finally start to accept Trotter's house as her own, fate interferes, and once again, Gilly's world is turned upside down.