Friday, September 16, 2016

Who's ready to take a road trip with Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland?


I shared my views on the making of The Leisure Seeker starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland when it debuted in Cannes back in May. There was a lot interest in the adaptation of the Michael Zadoorian novel at the time but no bites. Now it looks as though Sony is on the verge of picking it up so we can expect to see Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland—he has Alzheimer’s, she has cancer—making a road trip in a vintage Winnebago Leisure Seeker to visit Ernest Hemmingway’s home in Key West, despite the warnings of their doctors and children.



Buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival saw footage from the movie currently filming.

Have you read The Leisure Seeker? How does this sound to you?
A sort of Easy Rider meets The Notebook, Michael Zadoorian’s poignant, funny, vibrant, and unforgettable novel, The Leisure Seeker, is a story of two seniors who escape from their retirement home and embark upon a hilarious and touching end-of-life road trip. Here is a story that will appeal to a wide range of readers: from retiring Baby Boomers to fans of Mitch Albom, Tom Perotta, David Sedaris, Nick Hornby, and Nicholas Sparks. In fact, the Detroit Free Press says, “I would recommend Michael Zadoorian’s The Leisure Seeker to almost anyone.”


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