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Film Proposals?

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If you could see one book turned into the perfect movie–one that would capture everything you love, the characters, the look, the feel, the story—what book would you choose?

I’m big fan of films adopted from novels with quiet majesty. I would always welcome a film that emulates the style of The Remains of the Day, based on the novel of the same title by Kazuo Ishiguro. This type of question always sets up for a spur-of-the-moment answer. At this moment, I would like to see the 40-year-old friendship between the Morgans and the Langs in Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner transcribed into motion picture. No less intriguing is to see the character Death breathed into life from Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago.

7 Responses

  1. Safe from the Sea would make a wonderful film. Especially with the backstory of The Rag and what Olaf experienced.

    Major Pettigrew could work too as long as they focused on the relationship and not that ridiculous party 😉

  2. I love the authors you mentioned, particularly Jose Saramego and Ishiguro, but I’ve not read the books you listed. I’m sure they would make good films, though, as their authors are so outstanding. I know Blindness was made into a film, but the novel has images in my mind that are probably far more powerful than film could ever make them.

  3. I think that if they’re done well, then…yes, I might appreciate them. I like you choices, but for me, thus far, I haven’t run along anything that’s really called my name.

  4. Perfect cast for Crossing to Safety: Donald Sutherland and Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave and Tom Wilkinson as the older couples.

    Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan, Paul Scheider and Emily Blunt as the younger couples.

    I would love to see that!

  5. Oh, I think about this all the time. There are so many. I would love to see anything by Barbar Pym, particularly Some Tame Gazelle. I wrote a post a while back about which actresses I would cast in a Pym film.

  6. Hotel on The Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.

    Movie deal evidently fell through. A shame as prime material.

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