When the 243-year-old Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman) discovers his health is failing, he turns over his fantastical toy store to his manager, Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman), a talented pianist and aspiring composer who isn’t sure she’s ready to take the reins. Since the store reflects the energy of those who run it, Molly must work to lift her spirits and help the shop recapture its magic. Jason Bateman co-stars.
Zachariah “Zach” Helm (born January 21, 1975) is an American writer and film director. He is an alumnus of DePaul University.
As a playwright Helm has had two plays produced; Last Chance for a Slow Dance and Good Canary, the latter having its 2007 world premiere in Paris under the direction of John Malkovich. The play received six Moliére nominations, the most of that year and also won France’s Crystal Globe award for Best Play.
His debut screenplay, Stranger than Fiction, was directed by Marc Forster and was released on November 10, 2006 and Helm received the National Board of Review award and the PEN USA award for best screenplay.
His directorial debut Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium was released in November 2007.
Helm was raised in Pike, California. He was formerly married to actress Kiele Sanchez. —Wikipedia