Tony Soprano’s got a soft side, y’all. Apparently James Gandolfini has been trying for years to tell the story of Ernest Hemingway and his third wife, groundbreaking journalist Martha Gellhorn. HBO has given the greenlight to “Hemingway and Gellhorn” with Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen starring as the famous literary pair. Philip Kaufman (Quills, Henry & June, The Unbearable Lightness of Being) will direct, with Gandolfini as Executive Producer.
Martha Gellhorn was a novelist and foreign correspondent and journalist who covered the Spanish Civil War, Vietnam, World War II, and numerous other conflicts around the world. Martha and Ernest connected at a Key West bar in 1936, beginning a “tumultuous” romance. The pair were married for five years and For Whom the Bell Tolls was reportedly inspired by Gellhorn.
I’m not certain about the Owen-Kidman casting, but I am quite interested in this backstory of this acclaimed pair.