Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett is poised to move her talents behind the camera with her directorial debut, a big screen adaptation of the Herman Koch novel “The Dinner.” Deadline Hollywood reports that Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart) will adapt the script for her, and if the inclusion of Moverman’s talents clues you into the fact that this isn’t going to be some nice little meal amongst friends, you’re right on the money.
Koch’s novel was only released in America in February of this year (it was first published in Amsterdam back in 2009), but it’s already an international bestseller that’s been compared to Gillian Flynn’s own bestseller, “Gone Girl.” It also seems to sound a bit like a biting take on the excellent play God of Carnage (which Roman Polanski recently made into a film, Carnage).
The book centers on a pair of couples (the male counterparts are, in fact, brothers) who meet for dinner on a summer evening at one of Amsterdam’s most chi-chi restaurants. As the meal and conversation unfolds, it becomes clear that there’s something else lurking just below the surface of all the polite chatter – and, boy, is there. The couples are not out for dinner just for fun; they’re there to discuss something terrible that their respective sons (both just fifteen-years-old) have done, something so awful that it’s actually illegal, with tremendous repercussions for all. Reportedly studded with all manner of verbal sparring, Koch’s book sounds like a real psychological number, with an explosive ending.
The book is also amusingly divided into sections that correlate to different parts of a meal – Apertif, Appetizer, Main Course, Dessert, and Digestif – which could be included as some stylistic flair.
It’s unknown at this time if Blanchett will also star in The Dinner, but it sounds as if she’d have at least two juicy roles to pick from – mothers Claire and Babette – so hopefully she’ll also put herself in front of the camera for this one.
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