Upcoming Cinematic Bastard

I’m no doubt late to the party, but I’ve just been checking out the trailers for the film adaptation of Barney’s Version. (See above as well as over at the A.V. Club for a better but non-embedable one.) I have high hopes for this movie. Not just because I love the novel, either, though it stands as one of my favourites from an author I love in addition to being one of my favourite books overall.

It simply looks like it’s been done well. Paul Giamatti seems like a perfect choice for the title role, and an interview with the screenwriter on the Sept. 16 episode of Q left me with a lot of faith in the project.

(Speaking of Giamatti, I stumbled across this gem on his IMDB page. Whoa. For anyone who enjoyed Bubba Ho-Tep, that’s pretty exciting, even if Bruce Campbell isn’t involved.)

I don’t know what kind of distribution Barney’s Version is looking at, but I’m sure at the very least this will be one the RPL won’t pass on.

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4 thoughts on “Upcoming Cinematic Bastard”

  1. When I flew to Regina in the summer of 2009, Hollywood’s Bruce Greenwood was on my flight. He was carrying a hardcover of B’sV. He was also on my return flight, still carrying the book.
    When I first read the book, I wanted Walter Matthau to play Barney, but Giamatti looks good.

  2. Gosh, I can remember when some Canadians got into a flap about the choice of Richard Dreyfuss over Peter Kastner, for the film version of “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz”. Glad to see we’ve matured.

  3. I, for one, refuse to go back to the days when we made movies that were unnecessarily awful purely for the sake of chauvinism. Let them be awful because of hubris or incompetence! Let us be awful on a global stage!

    (that said, after Matthau, my pick for Barney woulda been the late, sorta Canadian Maury Chaykin)

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