Sunday, June 03, 2012

Jame Sallis's Driven "in the Movie Pipeline"

Driven by James Sallis

In an interview yesterday with The Independent, crime novelist James Sallis commented that a film adaptation of his new book Driven is in the movie pipeline. An adaptation of Drive, the first book by Sallis to feature an unnamed character simply known as "Driver", was released in 2011 starring Ryan Gosling.

"It was difficult not to visualize Ryan Gosling playing the role when I wrote the sequel," admits Sallis. "I think he really made the character his own. [Driver] is someone who doesn't really have much personality. You never really know him or his motives, however much backstory I give. In the film, Ryan Gosling's long looks with no expression on his face sums this state up perfectly."

We were among the few who weren't wildly enthusiastic about the film Drive, mostly taking exception not to Gosling's performance but to the whole story arc about his star-crossed relationship with Irene. (You can read Mr. E.'s review of Drive here.) In Driven, the storyline opens with the murder of his fiancée Elsa — we're not sure if this is the same character as in Drive or not — and Driver's need to track down her killer. We enjoyed this book quite a bit — you can read our review of Driven here — and, without a silly romantic element to weigh it down, believe it would make for a fine crime thriller film.

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