Along with the likes of Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott, you can count Mr. J.J. Abrams in the group of today's extremely hard-working filmmakers. Abrams seems to be constantly working on various projects, Star Trek 2 and Mission: Impossible IV being a couple of the major ones for the time being.
We last heard of a new Abrams project at the beginning of last month when word of a mysterious (for the time being) project referred to as 500 Rads surfaced - the jury's still out on just what that project is. Adding to that, it has just been announced that Abrams will produce an adaptation of the novel Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann.
Abrams will produce the adaptation of the award-winning novel through his production company, Bad Robot, along with The Gotham Group (who represent the novel's author, McCann). Although no director is attached at this point, we do know McCann will also write the screenplay..
Great World is McCann's fifth novel, which was published in June of this year. It is built around the real-life events of Philippe Petit's "crime of the century" - when he illegally walked between the two towers of The World Trade Center on a tightrope in 1974 (some of you may know the story from the great documentary, Man on Wire) - and the novel follows an ensemble cast of characters in New York.
THR's description of Great World says it includes, "a young Irish monk living among prostitutes in the Bronx; a group of mothers mourning their sons, killed in Vietnam, in a Park Avenue apartment; and a 38-year-old grandmother walking the streets with her teenage daughter. With comparisons to Don DeLillo's work, McCann's novel serves as an allegory of 9/11 and its aftermath."
Along with such projects as Star Trek 2 and M:I IV, Great World joins another couple of literary adaptations that Abrams is attached to as a producer - ones which strangely don't follow the sort of genre types that we're used to seeing from him: There's an untitled diamond-heist movie mentioned in an article in Wired, and a project called Mystery on Fifth Avenue, which is based on a New York Times article about a Manhattan family home that was designed as a giant puzzle.
J.J. Abrams - Busy man
Like most of you who are probably interested in reading this post, this project has my attention because Abrams' name is attached to it. The novel sounds quite interesting on its own, but the fact that Abrams is on-board to bring it to the big-screen (particularly as a full-on producer) has me extra interested in checking it out. It sounds like it could be a bit like Magnolia or Crash in terms of it being about a host of different characters whose lives eventually intertwine. Am I the only one who gets that vibe?
Do you like the sound of Great World? Does the fact that Abrams is producing make you more interested in it than you otherwise would have been?
There's currently no release date set for Let the Great World Spin. Stay tuned.