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Kenneth Branagh In Talks, Anthony Hopkins Circling Adaptation Of Henning Mankell's 'Italian Shoes'

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 3, 2011 2:49 AM
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After toiling away on the big budget comic movie "Thor," it looks like director Kenneth Branagh and actor Anthony Hopkins -- who seem to have got on smashingly -- are looking to scale things back a bit for their next project together.

Screen Daily reports that Branagh is in talks to direct "Italian Shoes," based on the novel by best-selling Swedish author Henning Mankell. The story follows an old man, living on a remote island who is asked by an old flame, who is dying of cancer, to fulfill a promise he once made. And who to play that old man? Anthony Hopkins is interested. “I can’t say much more than that we are in talks with Branagh, and that he has approached Hopkins,” Ole Sondborg, the executive producer of the film, told Screen Daily, promising more news soon.

Branagh is no stranger to the works of Mankell, having successfully adapted the author's popular works centered around policeman Kurt Wallander for British television but obviously, this is completely different terrain. If everything falls into place, Branagh will shoot three more entries in the "Wallander" series this fall before starting work on "Italian Shoes." You can check out a longer description of the book below courtesy of Amazon.

Many years ago a devastating mistake drove Fredrik Welkin into a life as far as possible from his former position as a surgeon, where he mistakenly amputated the wrong arm of one of his patients. Now he lives in a frozen landscape. Each morning he dips his body into the freezing lake surrounding his home to remind himself he’s alive. However, Welkins’s icy existence begins to thaw when he receives a visit from a guest who helps him embark on a journey to acceptance and understanding. Full of the graceful prose and deft characterization that have been the hallmarks of Mankell’s prose, Italian Shoes shows a modern master at the height of his powers, effortlessly delivering a remarkable novel about the most rewarding theme of all: hope.
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5 Comments

  • John Davison | February 5, 2011 11:39 AMReply

    'Italian Shoes@ is one of the best books I have ever read - so good it was impossible to put it down - it is the same with all Mankell books !

  • Udita Chatterjee | February 5, 2011 7:21 AMReply

    Simply WoW! I can't be more excited than to see Mr. Anthony Hopkins playing the character Dr. Welin; and i am almost finishing reading 'Italian Shoes'.

    Udita Chatterjee
    Kolkata, India

  • Laura Ehrhorn | February 5, 2011 6:11 AMReply

    I can imagine that Anthony Hopkins would be the best choice for this kind of film and for a book by Henning Mankell, who in my opinion is one of the most skilled authors I have ever read. Love his books.

  • vilma | February 4, 2011 6:25 AMReply

    I can perfectly imagine, and celebrate, this society.
    They are great!!!

  • Zee | February 3, 2011 10:44 AMReply

    i can noy wait for another movie directed by my favorite actor and director kenneth Branagh and so looking forward to new wallander series

    Azi

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