Friday, January 13, 2012

Kate Winslett in talks for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Here's another one to add to the Gotta Read it Before You See the Movie list. But there's plenty of time as filming doesn't even begin until March. Still, figure a pretty standard 3 month filming schedule, there's a teeny possiblity if they rushed they could get it out by Christmas of this year. You know, before the world ends and all.
Seriously they shouldn't rush it though. Random House reports on their Word & Film blog (I do LOVE their blog) Kate Winslet is in all likelihood going to join Kenneth Branagh who is set to direct an adaption of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I don't even blame Random House for gushing "What do you get when you cross “Revolutionary Road” with “Mildred Pierce”? The reason we turn all kinds of giddy when we hear “Kate Winslet” and “adaptation” used in the same sentence. "  The fact that Kate Winslet is up for the part of Juliet Ashton in the film version of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows novel
" is just that kind of news".

Actually I get giddy about a film set on the island of Guernsey! The film takes place here and in London during World War II. For years I harbored a fantasy about living on this bucolic little island and I've never even been there!   Have you? Doesn't it look like paradise? Oh, I will be tough to live with when I see this film. I get a little crazy about locations. One of my favorite things about the Notting Hill film with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant was the fact that it was set in Notting Hill. Anyone know if Hugh Grant's travel shop was supposed to be on Portobello Road?
Anyhoo back to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society...
I do love Kate Winslet -  (actually I am a little giddy at the prospect of seeing Kate and Leo back as their beautiful young selves in the re-release of The Titanic in 3D. )
Anyhoo again ....  If you haven't read the book, here's what Random House has to say about the story line:
The novel tells the story of how a group of residents on the English island of Guernsey, just off the coast of Normandy, kept up the pretense of a book club — one that served potato peel pie — in order to break the curfew of their Nazi-occupied homeland during World War II. As the war continues, the thin veil of the book society comes to protect the humanity and hope of its members, providing for them the ability to thrive in an otherwise tension-addled environment. Winslet will take on the role of wartime magazine journalist Juliet Ashton, who after the war, is contacted by Guernseyman Dawsey Adams, a man who shares with her the story of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. She finds the letters so intriguing that she begins her journey to the island. Will Branagh take on the part of Adams? Thus far, it seems he’s only set to direct, but we can hope.
It doesn't say so here but do Ashton and Adams have a romance? I can only hope!

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