The most exciting is that Reese Witherspoon has hired Nick Hornby to pen the screen adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild so they're finally making some progress. I read that Witherspoon acquired the film rights last January and at the time, shared Kristin Fritz Word and Film round up article on the dozen best film adaptations, of 2011!. .... still worth checking out, even a year later.
It sounds like a great story based on the real life experience of Strayed; a woman devastated by the death of her mother and the end of her marriage, who decided to hike the over 1100 mile long Pacific Crest Trail in California. Despite zero experience she not only made it but regained her sense of self in the process.
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Hornby is currently immersed in writing the screenplay to Colm Toibin's Brooklyn - required reading for all incoming NYU students!
Back to the Hornby/Witherspoon pairing ....
Ms. Witherspoon said:
It sounds like Cheryl Strayed is going to be involved which is important since the story is based on fact. Still it is a film not a book so Ms. Strayed best be prepared to see her adventure whittled down to bare essentials. And probably not getting screenwriter credit either. I agree with Witherspoon though; an inventive writer like Hornby, with his solid understanding of human quirks, should turn in an exciting script. .And from what Hornby said about the book and Witherspoon, it's pretty much a mutual admiration society.
Sounds cool, eh? I know I've missed a few other things ... I'm getting a sense that Brad Pitt's Killing Them Softly (based on Coogan's Trade) isn't killing them at the box office which is sad if true. I'd read a couple of reviews which were mixed but they made the point Pitt was terrific. He does seem to be one of those actors who get better with age. *
*Yes I'm right! I just googled Killing Them Softly box office and the first article that came up was the Washington Tribune. The headline reads Brad Pitt's crime drama "Killing Them Softly" D.O.A.
Oh Darn! I'm sure there's much more I missed while I was besotted with Les Miz and watched You tube video after video of every Les Miz performance ever captured on film. But right now it's late. Time for a glass of wine while I watch Saturday Night Live with my husband. We keep hoping it will get better but I am missing Kristin Wiig big time!