Thursday, December 20, 2007

From Book to Film

I was reading thru Variety online as I am apt to do from time to time and my heart skipped a beat when I read this:

"Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah and Sophie Okonedo have signed on to Fox Searchlight's "The Secret Life of Bees," based on the Sue Monk Kidd novel. Dakota Fanning is in negotiations to star as the 14-year-old girl who flees her home and is taken in by an eccentric trio of beekeeping sisters.

Alicia Keys is also in negotiations to join the film, helmed by "Love & Basketball" director Gina Prince-Bythewood from a screenplay she wrote. Set in South Carolina in 1964, story centers on Lily Owens (Fanning), who escapes her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father by running away with her caregiver and only friend (Hudson) to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Latifah, Okonedo and Keys would play the three sisters. Shooting is scheduled to begin Jan. 9 in North Carolina, and the pic will be released by Fox Searchlight in 2008."

This is wonderful news because The Secret Life of Bees was amazing and I am convinced the movie will be just as good as the book. I get chills when I think of Queen Latifah and Jennifer Hudson in the roles of the beekeeping sisters. If you haven't read the book, rush out this minute and get it now from your local library, from Amazon, where ever you get your books. You will not be disappointed!

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