Sunday, September 09, 2007

Blindness - The Movie

I love this book. Of course they made it into a movie. Please don't let it suck. Please don't let it suck.

In Toronto tonight, Miramax Films may be celebrating this evening's TIFF debut of The Coen Brothers' "No Country For Old Men," but company president Daniel Battsek can also toast his pre-buy of U.S. rights to filmmaker Fernando Meirelles' "Blindess." The film has been shooting locally ahead of the production moving to Meirelles' native Brazil and was adapted from Jose Saramago's acclaimed novel. The in-production project was described by Miramax tonight as follows: "When a sudden plague of blindness devastates a city, a small group of the afflicted band together to triumphantly overcome the horrific conditions of their imposed quarantine." Written by celebrated Canadian writer, actor and director Don McKellar (a recent Tony Award winner for "The Drowsy Chaperone), "Blindness" stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alice Braga, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal. The movie is produced by Niv Fichman, Andrea Barata Ribeiro, and Sonoko Sakai and executive produced by Gail Egan and Simon Channing-Williams. Miramax's EVP Michael Luisi negotiated the deal with Fichman and Sakai, as well as Steve Saltzman of Loeb and Loeb representing the film.


karen said...

Wow. I can't imagine that a film could even come close to capturing the mood of this film. It's almost blasphemous that they're even trying.

jasb said...

On the other hand...

I actually thought the same. But some moments ago I saw the trailer, and it seems to be a great adaptation of the book. Saramago has a vision, which goes beyond beauty... he is also an activist for deep values as love and caring for the other. No director can catch the beauty of Saramago's words in pictures. But they can help send out his beautiful message to all the no-readers out there.