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Read It Before They Screen It: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union

Even the staunchest critics of book to film adaptation have to admit — this is something to look forward to.

With the upcoming film version of The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon will be the next Pulitzer Prize-winning author to have his work adapted by the filmmaking wonder-twins, Joel and Ethan Coen.

According to the author's fansite:

"I am, of course, over the moon about this," Chabon said. "They are among my favorite living moviemakers. Three or four of their films are on my all-time favorite list. They are geniuses. What's more, I think they are perfectly suited to this material in every way, from its genre(s) to its tone to its content. I can't wait to see what they eventually do with it."

The Coen brothers' first forary into literary adaption, Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. Not a bad team of filmmakers to have translating your book.

(Order a special limited edition of The Yiddish Policemen's Union while they last!)

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Tavis adds content and edits images for Powells.com. His favorite books are original screenplays, and his favorite movies are based on books. Go figure.

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One Response to "Read It Before They Screen It: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union"

    Walter February 12th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Now if we can only get Chabon to write a sequel to The Big Lebowski...

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