Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ian Rankin Developing Screenplay Based on Classic Scottish Thriller

Charlene Sweeney, writing for The Times, reports that crime writer Ian Rankin is developing a screenplay based on the classic Scottish thriller, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg. The 18th-century work is regarded as one of the most influential texts published in Scotland. Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie are among the classic novels that Hogg's work helped to inspire.

Rankin, author of the popular Inspector Rebus mysteries, described Hogg's book as the "classic unread Scottish novel" and hopes that adapting the film will bring it to a greater audience, and believes it has contemporary relevance. "There are interesting parallels between when the book is set and now," he said. "It takes place at a time of political unrest when Scotland is entering a union with England, and its main character is a religious zealot that kills people who do not agree with his faith."

Rankin has been working on the screenplay for a couple of months and reportedly has development money and a producer and director who are interested in the project.

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