Pierce Brosnan to Star in New Hemingway Adaptation

Actor Pierce Brosnan and director Martin Campbell are teaming up to adapt an Ernest Hemingway novel for the big screen. Brosnan will star and Campbell will direct a film based on Hemingway’s novel Across the River and Into the Trees.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, which first broke this story, Peter Flannery and Michael Radford (Il Postino) have already written the script for the adaptation. The story of Across the River and Into the Trees follows an American officer stationed in Italy following World War II. He discovers he’s terminally ill, and resolves to spend some time in Venice. His quiet farewell tour is interrupted when he meets a young countess.


Hemingway’s original novel was first published in 1950 after being serialized in Cosmopolitan. It was released very late in Hemingway’s career, and was the last full-length novel of his published during his lifetime. Originally, it received relatively poor reviews. Since then, it’s undergone a bit of a critical revival – though it remains far less famous than works like The Sun Also Rises and The Old Man and the Sea.

Brosnan and Campbell have worked together before, though never on quite so literary of a project. They’re currently collaborating on a Jackie Chan film called Foreigner, and they first worked together on the 1995 James Bond film Goldeneye.


h/t the Hollywood Reporter

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