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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tommy Lee Jones taking on Ernest Hemingway project

This sounds like such a great movie. Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman are such fantastic actors that I hope they can pull off Hemingway's novel! There are many times when great works of writing just needs to be read and not made into a movie or television show.

By Steven ZeitchikThu May 15, 2:59 AM ET

Tommy Lee Jones is taking on the work of Ernest Hemingway, signing on to adapt, direct, produce and star in the writer's posthumously published novel "Islands in the Stream."
Morgan Freeman and John Goodman also are in discussions to board the film, which follows a 1977 version starring George C. Scott.

"Islands" centers on the various life stages of a reclusive male painter named Thomas Hudson before, during and after World War II, after he moves to the Bahamas. Like many Hemingway characters, Hudson, who in the tale has a stint working for the U.S. Navy and also endures a series of family tragedies, leads a complicated emotional life that he hides behind a stony exterior.

The book was published in 1970, nine years after Hemingway killed himself. He actually broke off a piece of the novel and turned it into a novella that became 1952's "The Old Man and the Sea." Jones co-wrote the script with Bill Witliff ("The Perfect Storm"). The project will be presented to buyers at Cannes on Sunday. "The Old Man and the Sea" won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.

The Hemingway adaptation marks Jones' sophomore directorial effort, after the Mexican mystery "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada."

"Islands," which is set for an estimated $30 million budget, will shoot in Puerto Rico, with production not scheduled to start until March.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

5/22/08 3:34pm