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Read It Before They Screen It: The Given Day and Serena

The forthcoming novel from Dennis Lehane has been picked up by Columbia Pictures with Sam Raimi attached to direct.

Variety reports:

The Given Day is set in 1919 Boston, with the city in turmoil as soldiers are returning home from WWI, having brought back an epidemic of Spanish influenza. Attempts to unionize the police department have set the stage for a historic strike and two cops take center stage."While it deals with many of the same themes as (Lehane's) earlier work, it is also his most ambitious book, tying events of a century ago to the subjects we struggle with today," Raimi said.

"Rollicking, brawling, gritty, political, and always completely absorbing," raves author Stewart O'Nan. "[A] rich and satisfying epic."

Though Raimi has been most recently connected with the Spider-Man films, he is not unfamiliar with literary adaptations — he directed the underrated version of Scott Smith's A Simple Plan.

Lehane, of course, has had two of his books turned into films (Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone) with a third currently in production.

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Award-winning Southern author Ron Rash will see his upcoming novel, Serena, turned into a feature film.

Story concerns a Depression-era logging magnate and his wife who face off against land conservationists' attempts to turn their land into a national park.

Fellow author Pat Conroy must be psychic: "This novel will make a wonderful movie, and the brave actress who plays Serena is a shoe-in for an Academy Award nomination."

No word on who that actress might be.

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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.


Books mentioned in this post

  1. The Given Day: A Novel
    Used Hardcover $3.50

  2. A Simple Plan Used Mass Market $3.95






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