The novel Stoner, by John Williams, is often described as one of the best books people have usually never read, or even heard of, and is even considered to be a hidden American classic. The book didn’t perform well upon its initial release in 1965 and has been in and out of publication since it was first released. Now back in publication, the book has received a new breath of life in recent years and has enjoyed critical acclaim and is finally getting the attention it deserves.
Fans of the book will be pleased to hear that the book is in the process of being adapted into a film and, as Deadline reports, Hollywood actor Casey Affleck will play the role of lead character William Stoner. The film is being produced by Jason Blum, Charles S. Cohen and Daniel Battsek and the actor Ethan Hawke is set as the executive producer.
The film will be directed by Joe Wright who has directed previous book adaptations such as “Pride & Prejudice,” “Atonement” and “Anna Karenina.” Blum described fans of the book as being part of a “secret club.” He added: “I’m so excited that Casey, Joe and Andrew have come aboard to help expand this club’s membership,” he said. “This quintessentially American work is being brought to the screen by a terrific international team, and we’re confident their combined perspectives will add rich layers to this moving story.”
Casey Affleck is a celebrated actor who was nominated for an Oscar in 2007 for his role in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. He went on to win an Oscar in 2016 for his role in Manchester by the Sea, which also won him a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. However, his casting might prove somewhat controversial due to two lawsuits that were filed against him in 2010 for sexual harassment. Affleck denied the charges and the lawsuit was settled out of court.
Though Stoner was never popular in John Williams’ life, he did go on to have greater success with his novel ‘Augustus’ which won him the National Book Award in 1972. Williams passed away in 1994.
The novel is a dual-narrative story which follows an asylum-seeker (Little Bee) from Nigeria and a British magazine editor, who meet during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta, then re-unite in England many years later. The Other Hand humanises asylum-seekers in the UK and the struggles they go through. Cleave examines the asylum system in Britain, and how the country treats refugees. He also touches upon the very relevant subjects of British colonialism and globalisation.
Amazon Studios plan to adapt this passionate and humane book, and Hollywood star Julia Roberts has also jumped at the chance to get involved.
The Wonder actor will play the character Sarah O’ Rourke, the magazine editor who meets Little Bee during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta. She is also producing the project with Red Om Films.
Many adaptations have been made- from TV to radio to movies- and now we have something new: a modern retelling of the classic story of sisterly love. Directed and screen-written by Clare Niederpruem with Kristi Shimek, this tale of family, love, and growing up will hopefully spark a whole new generation of Little Women fans.
The movie will star Lea Thompson as Marmee, Sarah Davenport as Jo, Melanie Stone as Meg, Allie Jennings as Beth, Elsie Jones as Young Amy, and Taylor Murphy as Older Amy.
It is released on September 28th 2018.
Based on Pullman’s trilogy of books: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, His Dark Materials is a complex tale of theology, physics, and philosophy featuring a range of mythical and mystical beings. It tells the story of two children, Lyra and Will, who wander through a series of parallel universes.
The new eight-part series is to be produced by Bad Wolf in June 2018. McAvoy is set to play Lord Asriel, the father of main character Lyra (to be played by Dafne Keen) and Peters will play the master who raises Lyra.
Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) will direct the series and it will be executively produced by a host of talent from the literary and entertainment industries: Pullman, Tranter, Gardner, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line; Piers Wenger and Ben Irving for BBC One and Deborah Forte for Scholastic.