This July, principal photography will start on a modern adaptation of Kafka’ Metamorphosis, the most famous name attached being Nick Searcy (TV’s Justified). Here’s a promo.
In this version, Greg is a teenager in the suburbs, with a decidedly cockroachian transformation (which, if you’re a Kafka nut, is somewhere between acceptable and blasphemous, depending on your interpretation of the word ungeziefer).
Knee jerk reaction, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of justification for this to happen. Director David Yohe and producer/writer Jason Goldberg are definitely enthusiastic about the project in the video, but something about this whole thing conjures up images of a sweaty guy in a rubber bug suit. And lots of blood (“Our take is a fresh modern horror version,” says Yohe). Maybe it’s the snazzy production quality that’s missing from the video and website. This is definitely a low budget production, which would probably be less worrisome if the story being adapted didn’t hinge on creature effects.
But far be it from snarky bloggers to put down what is clearly a project borne out of a love for the source material. Here’s hoping they can pull together enough funding to create a believable bug, which is likely what’ll make or break the movie. Hopefully it’ll be a better adaptation than Outer Dark.
And even if it’s not, thinking of gross bug movies has brought to mind Society, the cheesy 80s masterpiece starring Billy Warlock! Watch the incredible trailer here!
Have you read our Canadian publishing supplement? In today’s issue…
Reviewing the New Review: Slate reviews the new WSJ books section.
Kindle Vs. Candy: The Strand and other booksellers are trying new creative measures to lure consumers away from e-books and into stores. The Strand, for instance, is now selling candy. From the Daily News.
Kafka on Trial: The cover story of this weekend’s NYT magazine is an incredible account of the legal battle for Kafka’s lost papers.
Dewey Decimal Internet: A writer for PC World wishes for a more indexed Internet.
A New E-reader: Sharp electronics enters the e-reader market in Japan, with a promise to launch in the U.S. soon. From AFP.
Conservative HarperCollins: HC is launching a new conservative imprint headed by Adam Bellow. From the NYT.
Against the Kindle Ad: PC Magazine critiques the new poolside Kindle ad.
Ten safety deposit boxes containing papers left by Franz Kafka to his friend and executor Max Brod, are being opened by court order in Tel-Aviv and Switzerland, where they are housed, according to Haaretz. The boxes, which had been unopened for 40 years, belong to Eva Hoffe, who was Brod’s secretary. Here’s more from the story:
Researchers and experts from Israel and Germany believe that some of the boxes may contain manuscripts by Kafka, widely considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, or documents that can shed additional light on the mysterious life of the artist.
The scene sounds like it came out of a movie, with suited lawyers barging into a bank where some of the boxes were kept, court order in hand, while Eva Hoffe charged in screaming in an effort to stop the boxes from being opened. Apparently, there is a long and complicated saga leading up to this even, involving Haaretz itself filing a suit to have these papers made public.
At present, all that’s slated to happen is that the lawyers will compile an inventory of what’s in the boxes. Then it will be up to a court to judge whether their contents are the private property of Hoffe or whether they should be transferred to a public archive. Perhaps, for Kafka fans and scholars, there is interesting news on the way…