Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Kazuo Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go" comes to the screen care of Mark Romanek and Keira Knightly

by Chris MaGee

Okay, This may be a bit of a stretch for a Japanese film related news story. 54-year-old novelist Kazuo Ishiguro is Japanese, or at least he was born in Nagasaki and then immigrated with his family to the U.K. in 1960, and his latest novel, 2005's dystopian "Never Let Me Go" is being adapted into a film, but a British film, so.... Okay, so it's a stretch, but my blog, my rules, and the 1993 adaptaion of his novel "The Remains of the Day" directed by James Ivory is one of my all time favorite films, so there.

So... "Never Let Me Go", is the story of a near future, alternate Great Britain in which a group of boarding school students, led by actress Keira Knightly, discover they are clones that have been bred for spare parts by their owners. Sounds like Michael Bay's laughably bad movie "The Island", doesn't it? Well with "One Hour Photo" director Mark Romanek working from a script by novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later) I would certainly expect that it would be a hell of a lot better.

Romanek's "Never Let Me Go" will start filming in London and Norfolk in April, and to tide you over you can hear Ishiguro's thoughts on his novel "Never Let Me Go" below. Thanks to Kurt "You owe me a Coke" Halfyard at Twitch for the word on this.

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