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Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson Will Adapt Controversial but Wildly Overrated Memoir for the Big Screen

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 25, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 25, 2017 |

Have you guys read James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces. I remember reading it when it came out. It was an Oprah book! It was a memoir about a guy kicking addiction, and I’m pretty sure after reading it that I used the word “aggro” for the very first time. It’s like a Mitch Albom book, but angry. Like, James Frey white-knuckled the entire book, like he wrote the thole thing with balled fists. It was like self-help, but with profanity! Or like an entire memoir of Metallica lyrics strung together to form a narrative.

Dark, angry platitudes, yelled through clenched teeth. Look, here are some example passages from A Million Little Pieces:

“It’s cold and it’s winter and the world has gone to sleep”

“There is no fear. Absolutely no fear. When one lives without fear, one cannot be broken. When one lives with fear one is broken before one begins to live.”

“I turn and I slowly walk away and I don’t look back. It has always been a fault of mine, but it is the way I am. I never look back. Never.”

“If there was a God. I would spit in his face for subjecting me to this. If there was a Devil, I would sell my soul to make it end. If there was something Higher that controlled our fucking fates, I would tell it to take my fate and shove it up its fucking ass. Shove it hard and far, you motherfucker. Please end. Please end. Please end.”


Can’t you just hear those lines accompanying heavy guitar riffs and a mosh pit? I bet the audiobook is just some angry guy screaming in your ear.

Anyway, the memoir was hugely successful, until it wasn’t. Until people found out that James Frey embellished or made up parts of the book. And then James Frey was toxic. He had to go on Oprah and apologize and then he resorted to becoming a television producer after his novel I Am Number Four was turned into a terrible movie starring Alex Pettyfer. Also, on his IMDB page, it says that Frey “claims” to have graduated from the Denison University. Ha!

Anyway, director Sam Taylor Johnson and her actor husband, Aaron Taylor Johnson, are gonna make a movie out of the memoir, which is no longer a memoir, I guess, but an addiction novel. The couple has adapted the novel into a screenplay, which Sam will direct and Aaron will star. So, that is happening!

Now, here is where I leave the post and let all of you ignore everything I wrote and focus, instead, on the age difference between Aaron and Sam. Enjoy!

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