Monday, August 09, 2004

Disaster in the Making

Gabriel Garcia Marquez has agreed to sell the film rights to his book Love in the Time of Cholera. It's a wonderful book and if you haven't read it, I highly recommend it. Unfortunately, the movie isn't going to be made by a little independent artsy studio that may have a chance to actually do the novel justice. No, the movie is being made by Hollywood. Sound the death nell. Marquez has refused to sell the rights for years but is currently battling cancer and is concerned about his finances and what his wife and two sons will be left with--or without--if he should die sooner rather than later. I suppose he can't be blamed for selling the rights considering the circumstances, but Hollywood? You know they will not even use actors of Latin America heritage and if they do they will have the supporting roles. There are names already being bandied about in the rumor mill: Nicole Kidman and Jude Law. Can you get any whiter than that? I think I have to go be sick now.