One of my favorite books in recent years is Serena by Ron Rash. I wrote about it here. Rash, a poet, has a way of writing that almost makes me want to give up trying to do it myself. He writes prose with a poetic flavor that I find irresistible. It’s just yummy. And Serena is Rash at his potent best.
I had fun imagining the story as a movie with friends who also read the book. We imagined who would play the lead roles, how the scenes with the eagle (man!) would be translated, where it would be filmed and so on. Honestly, it begs for a big screen treatment.
And now it’s getting one. New York Magazine announced this week that director Susanne Bier will tackle the tale. Jennifer Lawrence is slated to play Serena and Bradley Cooper will play her husband. Hmmm. I barely know who these actors are. Guess I was picturing someone more, um, mature in the lead role. You know, over 35 and ancient like me. Oh well. At least I don’t know the actors well enough to NOT like them.
The movie is supposed to hit theaters in 2014. And Ron Rash has nothing to do with it. He’s not written the screenplay and it sounds like he’ll have nothing to do with the production. From an interview he gave to our local newspaper, The Asheville Citizen-Times, it sounds like he’s really let go and is trusting Hollywood to make a good movie. I admire that. I’m just hoping they don’t ruin one of my all time favorite books.
Discussion: What book to movie do you think is best? Worst? I think To Kill a Mockingbird is as good as the book. Cold Mountain on the other hand, annoyed me mightily.