'Little Children' Director Todd Field Set to Adapt 'Beautiful Ruins' Next
by Ethan Anderton
April 8, 2013
Actor turned writer and director Todd Field has delivered some stellar pieces of cinema in the form of In the Bedroom and Little Children. However, it's been seven years since his last film, and while he's supposedly working on the western Creed of Violence, which has Christian Bale involved. Now another project is in Field's future as Cross Creek Pictures has announced that he will direct an adaptation of Jess Walter's New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins, which he will write himself, along with the author, for the screen. The romantic story begins overseas in 1962, but spans decades and even hits in Hollywood.
The book is described as the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and is rekindled in Hollywood 50 years later. The press release gets a little more detailed saying: "The epic story begins in the spring of 1962 off the Ligurian Sea and centers on three young characters whose orbit around one another is set in motion by an incident involving the international jet-set center, Rome, in the throws of "La Dolce Vita" madness during the shooting of Cleopatra, and continues for decades." Yeah, that sounds pretty interesting. Field will also produce, and considering the talent he's rounded up before, I'm sure he'll get some great names lined up for this project. Stay tuned.