Saturday, July 19, 2008

Books to Film....

fresh from the Dark Knight, Maggie Gyllenhaal

I just read some interesting Book to Movie news. Here's the scoop about the book first,

Singer and guitarist Bad Blake was once a first-rate country-and-western star, but now he's 57, an alcoholic, a failure at four marriages, and playing in third-rate clubs. The biggest gig he can get is opening for Tommy Sweet, the kid Bad got started and whose career has now eclipsed Bad's. Bad meets Jean Craddock when she comes to interview him and they fall in love. Her little boy, Buddy, inspires Bad to search for his own long-lost son, but there's no happy ending there. And when Bad, hungry for a drink, loses Jean's son, things take a downturn, despite Bad's fling with AA. This first novel has the authentic patter and ambience of those seedy one-night-stands, but the plot is thin and the ending is very downbeat.

The movie is set to star Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jeff Bridges. Now here's the thing- the book came out in 1989 and on Amazon, there are only 2 reviews and not even a book photo! Not exactly a blockbuster. In fact, have you ever heard of it before right now? Probably not. I know that there is a lack of Hollywood movies coming out in '09 thanks to the writers strike. So are the writers studying novels from the last twenty years to see what can translate to the big screen? Is there such a shortage of good scripts these days? I wonder. I know there is a real dirth of screenplays with strong female leads, that is a fact. (naturally this makes me want to point out my own screenplay which has meaty female roles than span ages and decades.)

I am always interested in good books, especially books chosen to be adapted for the big screen. Right now I'm reading Janelle Brown's All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and it's only a matter of time before this is optioned for the big screen. It will be, I know it. Until then, pick it up for a fun read. And while you're at it, check out some older books, certainly there are a few undiscovered gems out there.



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