‘The Things They Carried’ Coming to the Big Screen

Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, one of the most acclaimed books on the Vietnam War, beloved by readers who were assigned it in school or who picked it up on their own, is coming to the big screen, with guns blazing.

The Things They Carried has been picked up by production companies Hardy Son & Baker and MJZ. Producers include David Zander (Spring Breakers), Tom Hardy (Venom), And Dean Baker (Taboo), with Amy T. Hu of MJZ as the Executive Producer. However, it was Zander who optioned The Things They Carried from O’Brien, and has been working on it for several years. In addition to this, Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) will be directing.


If the people behind the production of the movie are enough to impress, the current lineup of actors set to star in the production is sure to solidify The Things They Carried as a movie to be greatly anticipated. So far, Tom Hardy will also be starring in the film, as well as Moises Arias, Angus Cloud, Pete Davidson, Stephen James, Ashton Sanders, Martin Sensmeier, Tye Sheridan, and Bill Skarsgard. Not to mention that casting has not even ended yet, so who knows what other stars will join in.


Hardy and Baker said the following on the project:

Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried is his seminal masterwork – a raw, unflinching, and emotionally truthful literary experience filtered through a kaleidoscope of memory that’s impossible not to be profoundly moved by… We are all deeply passionate about and honored to have the good fortune of working alongside Tim in bringing his vital classic to screen – and together with our incredible cast, Rupert, Scott, and David – we look forward to creating what we feel will be an important film.


For those who cannot wait for the movie release, there is always the option of reading the book first in the meantime. It is a collection of short stories, but reads quite like a novel. As O’Brien’s second work of fiction based upon his own experience in Vietnam, The Things They Carried follows the men of Alpha Company through their time in the jungles of Vietnam, as well as moving around in time from their childhoods to their lives after the war.


Not only is it a phenomenal read in and of itself, The Things They Carried has a notable portfolio of awards as well. It won Le Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (a French literary prize), the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. As a book of such high caliber, combined with the names of those already on board to participate in its production, The Things They Carried already has us very intrigued by its screen adaptation.