Al Pacino Starring in Adaptation of Malcolm Gladwell's Blink
by Alex Billington
May 12, 2009
How can they adapt a great book like Blink, you ask? Well, screenwriter Stephen Gaghan has found a way, or so we hope. Over at the Risky Biz Blog, they have early details on how it's being dramatized as well as the news that Al Pacino is set to star. The project was initially setup at Universal, but then went indie at William Morris. For those unfamiliar with Blink, the book is Malcolm Gladwell's very popular exploration into how we make snap judgments. "Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant - in the blink of an eye - that actually aren't as simple as they seem."
The script will focus on the relationship between an older man and his twenty-something son that "he was never close to." The father is a financial Wall Street type living in Connecticut, and his son is an "idealistic drifter" who's teaching at a New York school. The two reconnect and must "navigate their new relationship." Apparently the son has the Blink ability - he can size up people and situations on a dime. And the father wants to use that to make them money. Risky Biz calls it "Scent of a Woman with a finance-y twist -- colorful, self-involved older guy mentoring younger ingenue for reasons both selfless and selfish."
As mentioned, Al Pacino will play the father, but the role of the son hasn't been cast. I'm sure they'll find some up-and-coming young actor soon enough, especially since this is selling at Cannes right now. As for that story, I like it, it sounds like an interesting idea based off of the concept of Blink. However, I'm worried that we're going to see another lackluster adaptation of an exceptional novel a lot like Fast Food Nation. That was so dramatized, that it wasn't good anymore by the time Richard Linklater was done with it. We'll keep you updated on the progress of this adaptation. And pick up the book if you haven't read it yet.