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Eden Gets Director

01.14.2009

EAST OF EDEN is being remade. The 1955 James Dean/Elia Kazan classic based on John Steinbeck's literary powerhouse is quite simply, a perfect film. So naturally I'm thrilled that the shiny folks in Tinseltown have decided to do it all over again. If anyone can improve on perfection, it's Hollywood, r-r-right?

Alas, I'm just a chubby kid with a laptop, and if I tell a producer to leave this one alone, something tells me they won't listen. Especially when it's uber-producer Brian Grazer, who has brought on "John Adams" director Tom Hooper to direct the film, with a script written by ATONEMENT scribe Christopher Hampton. The book is a retelling of the Cain and Abel story, set in California's Salinas Valley, which focusses on the Trask brothers and a woman who comes between the siblings. It's raw, it's violent, it's sexual, and it's just right the way it is. But I guess that never stopped anyone before now, did it.
Extra Tidbit: Ron Howard was originally attached to direct.
Source: Variety

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