The Secret Garden, a classic children’s book authored by Frances Hodgson Burnett, tells the story of a young British girl Mary, who comes to England from India to live at an isolated house.The film takes certain liberties and is not a particularly faithful adaptation of the novel. For one, the original story takes place in early 1900s, while the film is set in 1947.
The Secret Garden’s synopsis reads, “THE SECRET GARDEN starring Colin Firth, Julie Walters and Dixie Egerickx is a new take on the beloved classic novel of the same name written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in England during a new time period in 1947, the film follows a young orphan girl who, after being sent to live with her uncle, discovers a magical garden on the grounds of his estate. Marc Munden is directing the script, which was adapted for the screen by Jack Thorne. David Heyman (Harry Potter franchise, Paddington 1,2) and Rosie Alison (Paddington 1 ,2) are producing and Jane Robertson (The Danish Girl, Bridget Jones’s Baby) is co-producing. StudioCanal’s Ron Halpern, Didier Lupfer, and Dan MacRae are executive producers. STXfilms will distribute THE SECRET GARDEN in the U.S. and Canada.”