'Atonement' Author Ian McEwan's 'The Children Act' to Hit the Big Screen
Praised as one of the fifty greatest British writers since 1945, Ian McEwan is best known for his novel Atonement, the film adaptation of which won an Oscar for Best Original Score at the 80th Academy Awards. This year, three of McEwan's novels are brought to big screen (On Chesil Beach, The Child in Time, and The Children Act), and he personally conducted the screen-script-adaptation for The Children Act. Directed by Richard Eyre, the movie features the Oscar-awarding actress Emma Thompson.
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Notably admired by the Nobel Prize in Lit 2017 winner Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan has written fourteen novels and more than ten of them have been brought to big screen. In the past thirty years, McEwan has worked with Director Richard Eyre twice and when the author had the idea of writing the screenplay for The Children Act, he immediately contacted Eyre.
Richard Eyre | Image via The Times
During the first meeting, McEwan and Eyre agreed that the leading role should go to Emma Thompson. In The Children Act, Thompson plays Fiona Maye who is a High Court judge. She faces most difficult and controversial case of her career, in which Adam Henry, a boy suffering from leukemia, refuses a blood transfusion because of his strong religious belief (and his family members agree with this decision). She must decide whether to respect Adam and his family's will and let him die, or persuade him to go against his beliefs in order to survive. On top of this, Maye's hectic work schedule has led to a breakdown of her marriage to her husband (played by Stanley Tucci).
Emma Thompson in the movie | Image via South China Morning Post
The debut will be on September 14, 2018. See you, Bookstrs, in the theater!