Terence Davies Slated to Direct Complex Narrative 'Mother of Sorrows'
by Ben Pearson
February 28, 2012
The name Terence Davies may not be familiar to all of our readers, but the British director has made quite the career for himself since he got his start nearly fifty years ago. Most recently, he was behind the cameras directing Rachel Weisz and rising star Tom Hiddleston in The Deep Blue Sea, a 1950s period romantic drama set for limited release next month. Variety reports that the auteur is now developing a feature film version of Mother of Sorrows, Richard McCann's 2005 novel that weaves together ten connected stories of two teenage boys dealing with the death of their father and the influence of their strong, complex mother.
McCann's novel won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award upon its release, and was also nominated for the Stonewall Book Award for gay fiction. Amazon has a bit more on the story, which picks up thirty years after the boys' father's death while one of the brothers narrates the tales in flashback. Davies told Variety that Mother of Sorrows is "an important story because it touches the humanity in all of us." Sounds like an emotional story, and glancing at Davies' filmography, which is full of heavy subject matter, he seems like the right guy to adapt it. Ten interweaving stories is a lot to ask of one narrative, but the book reviews indicated that McCann pulled it off pretty well. We're not sure if McCann himself will be involved with the film version, as no writer has been officially signed yet. Any fans of the book excited?
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