Author of the Day

By tully | "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael Tully May 18, 2004 at 3:23AM

Author of the Day

Richard Yates.

"Revolutionary Road" is a work of stunning perfection, so good that when I read the last sentence I immediately went back to page one and started reading it again. After finishing it the second time, I still could find no faults with it. As much as I believe that it would (and WILL) be sacreligious to try to turn it into a film, I still dreamed that one day I would be directing the film. Then I saw this the other day in Variety...

BBC Films has joined forces with Gotham production outfit Hart Sharp to develop an adaptation of "Revolutionary Road," the 1961 novel about a talented young couple struggling to maintain their dreams of greatness in the face of the pressures of suburban life. Justin Haythe, who wrote the Robert Redford pic "The Clearing," is penning the screenplay.

I read this news and it literally felt like the wind was knocked out of me. Oh well, hopefully it will fall apart and no one will ever see that story on a screen. Why must we convert the best words into images? Are we that stupid? Don't answer that.

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