Friday, February 12, 2010

HBO Picks Up Mini-Series Based on James M. Cain's Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain
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The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that HBO has picked up a 5-hour mini-series based on the classic 1941 noir novel Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain. Kate Winslet will star as the titular character in the series, with production to begin in April in New York.

Mildred Pierce was also made into a film in 1945 starring Joan Crawford. Several changes were made in the screenplay that made it more of a thriller and introduced a murder into the plot. Crawford won an Academy Award for her performance in that film.

It's not clear how faithful this new adaptation will be to the original novel.

Several of Cain's books have been made into films, including Double Indemnity (1944) and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946).

About Mildred Pierce (from the publisher): Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter.

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