Ernest Hemingway Biopic in Early Development
by Brandon Lee Tenney
February 3, 2009
Ernest Hemingway, the famous Pulitzer-winning and Nobel Prize-winning novelist, journalist, veteran of three separate wars, infamous womanizer, drinker, and hunter of big game, is about to have his turbulent life brought to the silver screen. The Hollywood Reporter reports that producer Kevin Fortuna (The Talent Given Us) and The Gotham Group have optioned the film rights to A.E. Hotchner's best-selling biography "Papa Hemingway: A Personal Memoir". No writer or director has been announced for this project just yet, although it's likely that Hotchner himself could adapt his own novel as he did previously.
Hotchner, who wrote the 1962 film Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man based on some of the author's stories only a year after Hemingway shot himself to death, was a close friend of Hemingway's during his later life. The biography itself delves into the final 14 years of Hemingway's life. Hotchner's book revealed that the writer had committed suicide, so the film should prove a faithful account. "It is rare that we have such intimate, truthful knowledge about the life and, ultimately, demise of a true American icon," Hotchner said. The real question is who will be cast to play the larger-than-life Hemingway?