Books I Hope They Don’t Fuck This One Up
posted by July 1 at 14:15 PMon
Out in Hollywood, they’re about to start work on a Martha Gellhorn biopic. Gillian Anderson (of the incredibly dumb-sounding X-Files: I Want To Believe movie coming out this summer) will produce and star.
If you don’t know who Martha Gellhorn is, you should be ashamed of yourself. She’s probably best known as one of Hemingway’s ex-wives, but she was an amazing journalist and travel essayist. She lived a crazy life, traveling everywhere and meeting seemingly everyone.
There’s one problem on the horizon for this movie already. They licensed the rights to Gellhorn: A Twentieth-Century Life, a recent biography of Gellhorn by Caroline Moorehead. It’s actually nowhere near as good a book as Gellhorn’s memoir Travels With Myself and Another, which everyone should read. The structure and the tone of Travels is so much better than Gellhorn, and ultimately more filmable. But still, anything that’s likely to get her books out to a bigger audience is good news.