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Read It Before They Screen It: True Grit and The Romantics

The Coen brothers are set to re-adapt the Charles Portis novel True Grit into a feature film.

Portis' novel is about a 14-year-old girl who, along with an aging U.S. marshal and another lawman, tracks her father's killer in hostile Indian territory.

But while the original film was a showcase for [John] Wayne, the Coens' version will tell the tale from the girl's p.o.v.

"I've always thought Charles Portis had a wonderful talent — original, quirky, exciting," raves Larry McMurtry.

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Author Galt Niederhoffer will write and direct the adaptation of her novel The Romantics with actress Liv Tyler.

Variety reports:

Story takes place on the eve of a seaside wedding celebration. Seven close friends convene to watch two of their pals get married. Laura (Tyler) is the maid of honor, but she and the bride have had a long rivalry over the groom.

"As Ms. Niederhoffer clearly knows, the fun in such stories comes from quick, withering observations rather than plot mechanics," posits Janet Maslin in the New York Times. "[The book] manages to be more entertaining than many other such stories without being notably more original."

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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. True Grit Used Trade Paper $8.95
  2. The Romantics Used Hardcover $1.95



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