Wednesday, May 02, 2007

News: James Lee Burke Says New Movie Screenplay is Great

Steve Bandy, writing for The Daily Iberian, reports that James Lee Burke is very pleased with the movie that's currently being filmed in Louisiana and based on In the Electric Mist With the Confederate Dead, the 6th mystery in the Dave Robicheaux series.

“It’s pretty much right on with the book,” Burke says. “Nearly every line in the screenplay comes from the book, or right close to it. I’ve seen the script, and it’s a great screenplay.”

Shortened to In the Electric Mist, the movie is being filmed in and around New Iberia, hometown of Dave Robicheaux and part-time home of the author. The film, scheduled for release in December 2007, stars Tommy Lee Jones as Robicheaux.

Published in 1993, Burke's mystery is set in the early 1990's. The film adaptation has a more contemporary feel. “The movie is set in modern-day New Iberia,” Burke said. “The director and producer felt that we had to include Hurricane Katrina in the story line because nothing of that magnitude can be omitted today in any treatment of Louisiana.”

Read the complete story on The Daily Iberian here.

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