Another Great Novel Hits The Big Screen
Hooray for good books being made into movies!
American Pastoral, an outstanding novel by Philip Roth, currently sits at #8 of the first 47 books I’ve read from the list (Read my review).I thought this novel was outstanding, and I even remember writing at some point that it was the perfect story for a movie.
Well, Hollywood agreed, as American Pastoral is slated to hit the screen in Fall of 2013. I think the novel has a perfect setup for a great film. It’s the fifth novel or short story Roth has written that has been turned into a film: The Human Stain, Portnoy’s Complaint, Goodbye Columbus, and The Dying Animal (Elegy). Oh, and by the way, Roth is a really smart guy.
In American Pastoral, Swede Levov is a former high school athlete whose name is legendary in his community. With his family, he lives a conventional, suburban, upper middle-class life in New Jersey during the 1960s–the era of the Vietnam War, hippies, and all sorts of political and social turmoil.
But in the middle of what appears, on the outside, to be an enviable life lies a lot of inner struggle and a family on the verge of breaking down. Most of the tension in the novel comes from Swede’s politically fanatical daughter, Merry, who goes into hiding after a Vietnam War protest goes tragically wrong.
The Huffington Post recently speculated on possible casting choices, with Brad Pitt being one of their picks for the role of Swede. With the movie coming out in a year, my guess is that casting would be complete and filming would begin soon, but I can’t find much more information on the internet.
Hopefully, this pans out into an excellent film. The story is so good, I think it would be hard to screw it up. But you never know.