Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch more than lived up to the hype of her 90s thriller The Secret History. It galvanised a new generation, won a Pulitzer Prize, and inspired a widespread obsession with a tiny Carel Fabritius painting. Now director John Crowley will be adapting the Goldfinch into a film for Warner Bros pictures.
Those nervous about Hollywood massacres of beloved books, rest assured: this is the director who took Brooklyn, Colm Tóibín rich, tender novel, and brought it to shimmering life in a triple Oscar-nominated film starring Saoirse Ronan.
The Irish filmmaker will work alongside screenwriter Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) to adapt The Goldfinch for the big screen. With a synoptic story following 13-year-old Theo Decker from his New York normality over two decades, on an extraordinary journey across America to the gritty depths of the European illicit art trading scene, the book is propelled by drama.
But it's also a compelling coming of age story, balancing grief with beauty while constantly interrogating the nuances of both. Explosions, abandonment, volatile adolescence and infatuation offer copious cinematic potential… though we don't envy screenwriter Straughan the task of fitting 775 pages of intricate plot into one film.
The cast is yet to be announced, but we're already fantasising about who might play Theo.
|What||Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch film|
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01 May 17 – 30 Jun 17, Release date TBC