Monday, September 25

most unlikely novel-to-movie leap ever

David Foster Wallace's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, a book of twisted short stories with of apparently transcribed therapy sessions with unnamed men, may soon be playing in a film version on a screen near you.

I love DFW, but I'm skeptical about the project. The screen writer, however, is John Krasinki, better known as Jim on The Office (U.S. version). Here's what he has to say about it, in Esquire:
ESQ: You're also writing and directing an adaptation of David Foster Wallace's "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men." That doesn't sound easy.

JK: No. The short story is composed of guys who don't have names being interviewed by someone who doesn't have a name, a face, or even ask questions. The subject material is all Wallace. The rest—their world, their identities—was my job. I decided on a university where a woman is doing her dissertation on the effect of the postfeminist era on men.

ESQ: Okay, now I'm getting a headache. We can't end so highbrow. Say something terrible.

JK: Go kick a puppy.

ESQ: Thanks.
According to IMDB, filming starts in November. Good luck with that.


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