Coming in 2008: Chabon Film Festival?


By Neal Comment

From Romancing the Tome, a blog that specializes in news about upcoming movies based on books, comes the news that Michael Chabon’s first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, is going to be made into a movie starring Max Minghella, competing wtih Peter Sarsgaard for the affections of Sienna Miller. The film is scheduled to start shooting in August, with Rawson Thurber writing and directing, just like he did on Dodgeball and the short film Terry Tate, Office Linebacker. (You will now be forgiven for singing “one of these things is not like the other.”)

Last week, Romancing got the word from Chabon’s own blog that Natalie Portman may star in the film of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which is being directed by Stephen Daldry, the helmsman of Billy Elliot and The Hours. Which is also a bit of an unusual triptych, but not quite as discordant. Chabon’s website also tells of what may be his coolest film project yet: scripting duties on Yuen Wo Ping’s Snow and the Seven, described on the IMDb as “a retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs set in British colonial China, where Shaolin monks take in a refuge girl.” Now that’s a movie idea right there, that is!