Ramsay to shoot high school massacre
Lynne Ramsay, a Scottish film-maker, is about to adapt and direct We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver's Orange Prize winning novel which concerns itself with the aftermath of a high school massacre.
According to The Guardian Shriver wants nothing to do with the adaptation.
"I've had it up to my eyeballs with that book," she says. "Not that I'm complaining, but I feel that I did my job. I need somebody else to come in and inject a freshness. They've been very nice about promising me some sort of consultative role, but I know
...Shriver says she has encouraged the film-makers to look beyond the novel's thriller aspects. "My biggest concern is to capture the quality of the slightly unreliable narrator, and the ambiguity over who is to blame," she says. "A film has to expose from the very beginning that this is about a mother whose son ends up killing several kids - and why did this happen? The mystery has to be why. We definitely don't want to have a film where it's like, 'Oh, big surprise, Kevin kills his classmates.' Everybody's going to come to the film knowing that already."
I've never read the book but it sounds as though it will be making its way onto my reading list very soon, and the final description there from Shriver sounds very positive and strong. Has anyone read this? It certainly does sound like a strong story.