Werner Herzog, whose next film can always turn out to be about absolutely anything, is set to return to fiction with his next project, an adaptation of DBC Pierre’s 2003 novel Vernon God Little.
The beloved German director – who has been a prominent force in the filmmaking scene since the 1970s and has amassed a hugely dedicated following – hasn’t directed a fiction film since the strange and relatively obscure My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done in 2009. His last films were the brilliant documentaries Cave of Forgotten Dreams (which focused on primitive cave paintings) and Into The Abyss (an extensive portrait of a Texas death row inmate).
The subject matter of Man Booker Prize-winning novel Vernon God Little seems apt for the Herzog treatment: the story follows a teenager who travels to Mexico after becoming involved in a high school killing in Texas. It’s regarded as somewhat of a black comedy, and has been compared to both Catcher in the Rye and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Herzog won’t be writing the script, which is to be penned by Andrew Birkin (he adapted Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden in 1993).
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Source: The Guardian