Exclusive: Miramax Secures the Film Rights to Ian McEwan's Next Novel, Solar

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | November 30, 2009 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | November 30, 2009 |

If anything, Scott Rudin has a knack for buying the film rights to some of my favorite novels.

Amazingly enough, Rudin was not a producer on Ian McEwan's Atonement, which cost him six Oscar nominations and one Oscar win. Determined not to repeat that mistake (or else, in a move to corner the entire market on literary adaptations), Rudin has secured the rights to McEwan's next novel, Solar, for Miramax. The novel, not set to be released until March 2010, is about Michael Beard, a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. He's a serial philanderer who learns that his wife is having an affair and realizes he is still in love with her. Michael's personal and professional lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways, and a chance arises for him to extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and very possibly save the world from an environmental disaster.

I happen to know what that "opportunity" is, but I don't want to spoil either the book or the movie; I'll just say that the "twist" makes it apparent that both the novel and the eventual adaptation will be a black comedy, likely with a farcical edge. And unlike a lot of his purchases -- The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier and Clay, in particular -- there's nothing in the description of McEwan's Solar that would made it difficult to adapt. However, it's not a period piece, so Rudin can kiss those Oscar noms for achievement in costume design goodbye. I've read a lot of McEwan -- he's clearly a brilliant writer, and has a nice sort of twisted edge, but his writing has always seemed a bit too polite for my tastes, if that makes any sense. That said, Solar would seem to have the makings of a nice adult drama with a black undercurrent.

(Source: The Hollywood Cog)

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