The adaptation of Never Let Me Go, the incredible novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, has signed up Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins, Nathalie Richard and Andrea Riseborough to add to the already signed Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and, unfortunately, Keira Knightley.
It’s been adapted by Alex Garland, the writer of the Beach and mostly known for his collaboration with Danny Boyle, along with Mark Romanek as director. Romanek has shown promise in the past with the bald/creepy Robin Williams movie One Hour Photo. His visual style, developed during his time working in music videos (which peaked with this), could provide an interesting look for the movie, itself set in a dystopian future in the UK in which human are cloned to produce donor organs.
The actual narrative follows the like of Kathy H, along with two of her friends from boarding school, from their time at the school and then onwards into their lives.
It has the potential to be a work of complete art, but Knightley just seems to immediately put me off films. I’ll give it time through, Atonement managed to be very good with her in a prominent role. Hopefully therefore, the cast around her can save this from interminable accenting and inability to emote.
Separately to all that, Aravind Adiga’s Booker Prize winner The White Tiger has been picked up by Smuggler Films. The book itself was highly controversial for its equation of success and murder in modern India.