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'Winter's Bone' Director Lined Up for Adaptation of 'Rule of the Bone'

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December 16, 2011
Source: Calgary Herald

Rule of the Bone / Debra Granik

After delivering a fantastic rural film noir in the form of Winter's Bone, the film that skyrocketed the career of The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, The Calgary Herald (via The Playlist) has learned that writer/director Debra Granik will take on an adaptation of Rule of the Bone, the 1995 novel from author Russell Banks. The story follows a drug-dealing, homeless boy’s fight for survival in upstate New York and Jamaica, and it sounds like the film could launch the career of another young actor as Banks, executive producing, says "We’re probably going to cast an unknown in the lead and then cast around him."

Hoping to shoot this year, Banks says they'll find someone to play the lead character Bone first and, "When we get Bone cast, then we’ll work around him and have better-known actors,  recognizable faces around him." The actor will certainly have to bring his A-game to make this work when you read this more specific synopsis of the dark tale:

When we first meet him, Chappie is a punked-out teenager living with his mother and abusive stepfather in an upstate New York trailer park. During this time, he slips into drugs and petty crime. Rejected by his parents, out of school and in trouble with the police, he claims for himself a new identity as a permanent outsider; he gets a crossed-bones tattoo on his arm, and takes the name "Bone."

He finds dangerous refuge with a group of biker-thieves, and then hides in the boarded-up summer house of a professor and his wife. He finally settles in an abandoned schoolbus with Rose, a child he rescues from a fast-talking pedophile. There Bone meets I-Man, an exiled Rastafarian, and together they begin a second adventure that takes the reader from Middle America to the ganja-growing mountains of Jamaica. It is an amazing journey of self-discovery through a world of magic, violence, betrayal and redemption.

If Granik can craft something along the lines of Winter's Bone, which was nominated for Best Picture last year and made my list of the Top 10 Films of 2010, then I'll be waiting on pins and needles to see this flick. Since Granik is also adapting the book herself, just as she did with Winter's Bone, she'll very much be in control of the project which should allow for another gritty, dark story in another isolated location that becomes wrought with danger, violence and adventure.

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  • Down to the Bone, Winter's Bone, Rule of the Bone... I'm sensing a trend with Granik's title choices, can't quite put my finger on it.
    • Yeah, he even jokes about finishing the "Osteo-Trilogy."

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