Production has just begun on the long-awaited for adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s debut novel, Child 44. Ridley Scott optioned the rights back in 2008 before the book was published and had plans to direct the next year, but despite the book’s huge success (a national bestseller that’s been published in almost 30 countries) and with a script by Richard Price, the movie never got off the ground. Smith had actually conceived the story as a screenplay before his agent wisely suggested he trying writing it as a novel instead. He’s since written two other books in the series (The Secret Speech and Agent 6), so there’s the potential of a trilogy if the film does well–which I’m sure didn’t hurt its chances of finally getting a green light. Scott is still producing, with Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) on to direct Price’s script.
I made the mistake of seeing the first installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit in its awful High Frame Rate incarnation. I should have known better. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was spectacular in regular old 2D, 24 frames per second. I didn’t leave the theater saying, “That was great, but I wonder what it would have looked like at double the frame speed?” Still, I bought into the hype of this new technology and trusted that Jackson knew what he was doing. He said this was going to be the future of cinema! But as soon as the film started, I was distracted by its paradoxical hyper-realism. This was not the magical world I fell in love with 10 years earlier–this was a set, and an expensive one at that, and my premium ticket was now going to help pay for it.