Meep! My favorite book of all time will soon be a movie. Not sure how I feel about that. One of the things that slayed me about The Book Thief was the unique voice and Zusak’s use of Death as the narrator. When I close my eyes, I see every detail of the basement that shelters Max, the Jewish refugee. I see the lemon-haired Rudy begging Leisel. “How ’bout a kiss, Saumensch?” I worry that the film can’t possibly capture the magic of the novel, but that’s almost always the case with book to movie adaptations. The film can still be great in its own right. Right?
There are some hefty names leading the endeavor. Geoffrey Rush. Emily Watson. Downton Abbey director Brian Percival. Here’s the link with more info. ‘The Book Thief’ Movie: Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson to Star – The Hollywood Reporter.
One thing’s for sure. I’ll be there when it opens, with eleventy boxes of Kleenex.