Sam Mendes is returning to the literary cannon with another book adaptation but this time, the story in question also involves one of the director’s passions.
Reports today are that Mendes’ next project will be an adaptation of Joseph O’Neill’s acclaimed novel “Netherland.” The story of a Dutch stockbroker who moves from London to New York with his wife after 9/11, he finds himself lonely until he meets a group of expatriates who play cricket.
Though this story doesn’t sound like anything I’d be interested in, this project has quite the pedigree attached. Aside from Mendes, the book is being adapted for the screen by BAFTA and Oscar winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Atonement, The Quiet American and Dangerous Liaisons) and the source material won the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
It’s unclear what role cricket plays in the story or if this is a marriage drama or more of a personal/internal struggle. Considering Mendes’ previous films, I’m going on a limb to assume that the relationship between the title character Hans van den Broek and his wife will play an integral part in the story but it’s all speculation.
There was a lot of love around these parts for the director’s previous film Away We Go (our review). Is that love going to carry forth into the next project?