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  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:50 a.m. CST

    How 'bout a WEST OF EDEN movie instead?

    by KnightShift

    Hey Hollywood, 'nuff with the remakes already! A lot of us have been waiting for a movie version of Harry Harrison's novel for YEARS...

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:01 a.m. CST

    West of Eden has the dinosaurs right?

    by wbrownley

    Yeah, that would be cool.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:03 a.m. CST

    I think you should read it Quint

    by pencil-man

    ...just because it's a pretty easy book to read. If you enjoy reading books, and have never read Steinbeck at all, I think Eden is a great place to start. It's the first book of his I ever read and, having finished a few others of his, I feel he has a distinctly descriptive and naturalistic style that pulls me in effortlessly.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Yeah wbrownley...

    by KnightShift

    ...that's the alternative history/dinosaur book, about Earth split between regular humans, and the evolved sentient lizards that use biotechnology. Naturally they go to war. 'Twas the start of a great trilogy!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Favorite novel eva!

    by flaggdrama

    Hey all. East of Eden is my favorite novel ever and I am psyched that Hollywood is looking to remake the film. The Dean film in 1955 basically focused on the last 1/3 of the novel, while the miniseries from the early-mid 1980s was much more faithful to the film, albeit sanitized for broadcast TV. The story is very powerful and, personally, I think a cinematic treatment is warranted.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Steinbeck is osne of my favorite authors,

    by jae683

    but I have very little faith in Hollywood to do anything right, frankly.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:38 a.m. CST

    James Franco for the James Dean role

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    That would be sweet.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Only if Tobey Maguire plays the good brother

    by robertkent.net

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8 a.m. CST

    This sounds like it could be really good

    by robertkent.net

    East of Eden is a great novel and they'll finally be able to make a film version with a real whore house. Sweet! I wonder how they'll handle the Lee character? He's the Chinese house servant who other people make fun of constantly for being Chinese, even though he's way smarter than all of the white people. I hope the movie follows the book as close as possible.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:18 a.m. CST

    I do wonder...

    by RockLobster800

    whether "Panic In The Streets" inspired Morrisseys lyrics for the Smiths "Panic"...I mean we know he was a James Dean nut, so it makes sense that after watching East Of Eden he would look at other Kazan flicks. I'll have to get on this one...

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Movie was mostly ONLY about the LAST 90 PAGES of the book....

    by Randfilms

    The book is frigging giant. They go through several generations and is sooo rich. So if they do a remake, there is A LOT that the new movie could include. This would and could be cool.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:29 a.m. CST

    taylor kitsch

    by themadhype

    from FNL? anyone?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:34 a.m. CST

    good

    by thewizardofoz

    I always thought they should make the first half of the book, which to my knowledge, has never been filmed. No CW actors please!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    Well, now...

    by ScotFree

    I saw the headline and came into the talkback ready to lambast the decision to remake this movie. Then I saw who is involved and realized that they are taking this project very seriously. The John Adams crew with the DL/Atonement scripter? I'm officially intrigued. Bring it on.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Franco could easily be Dean....

    by pussyslayer09

    but this movie would have to be about 8 hours long, as the book is about 700 pages and fucking brilliant... I love Steinbeck and he is master of the Depression era...I hope we get this and I hope it stays true to the novel.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Huge book...you could make 10 movie adaptations...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...and hardly overlap characters or story lines...central are the two Cain and Abel type brothers of course...

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    I'm always bugged when they call something like this...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...a "remake". EAST of EDEN is a book, so this is a new film adaptation of EAST of EDEN. When a theater launches a new production of HAMLET nobody says that it's a HAMLET "remake".

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Do not envy the poor bastard cast as Cal

    by drewlicious

    It's kind of a bitch standing in for an icon. Even though the movie only covers the second half of the book I still think the story has already been properly told.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Franco isn't worth the hair on Dean's taint

    by Mattyboy122

    The dude might have a passing resemblance to Dean, but none of the danger, none of the charisma, none of the raw emotion.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Kate Trask role is pure Oscar bait

    by Liberty Valance

    She's pretty much the most vile, despicable incarnation of pure evil in female form ever committed to the page. Like someone else noted, the Kazan version only covers about the final 1/3 of Steinbeck's sprawling multi-generational novel. A faithful movie would have to be about 6 hours long, so I'm skeptical it can be done...

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    This is a perfect vehicle for Freddie Prinze, Jr.

    by ScoobySnack

    And you all know I'm right.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    How about an "Exit to Eden" remake?

    by darthvedder81

    Who can forget Rosie O'Donnell in all that S & M gear?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    And the trailer will feature Coldplay

    by reflecto

    ZZZZZZZZ

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Not a Steinbeck fan...

    by GunRunner

    His books are some of the most depressing and hopeless pieces of bilge that I've ever read. Apocalypse Now is a romantic comedy compared to a Steinbeck book. He was a very sad, unhappy man. I did like most of Of Mice and Men, but only a masochist would end that story by having the friend of the lovable buffoon be forced to shoot him. Terrible.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    franco indeed

    by billyhitchcock

    dean reincarnated

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Again with James Franco

    by drewlicious

    I'm sorry did everyone get tired of suggesting Joseph Gordon Levitt for everything?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Wrong Focus

    by TinkerTIW

    As stated above, the movie only covered the last third of the book. Cal (Dean's character) isn't the main focus of the novel, it's Adam Trask's story (the Raymond Massey character). I remember the 1981 mini-series did a pretty good job conveying the novel which I had read out of curiosity after seeing the Dean movie. Unfortunately, it's been so long since I've seen it anywhere, the only specific thing I can recall about the mini is that Lee Holdridge wrote a pretty good score although not in the class of Rosenman's iconic themes.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST

    We need more Steinbeck adaptations

    by Lovecraftfan

    Fantastic writer. I particuraly liked Cannery Row.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    THE PEARL is my favorite Steinbeck...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...would make the best film I think too...short, tight, beautiful and intense.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    James Franco is a Gay God

    by 1922

    James Dean is a Gay God

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I could be a Gay God. But I REALLY like boobies.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Good idea for a new adaptation

    by TiVo1138

    Since the original, while good, is only half the book, and has since become a James Dean movie. <br><br> The filmmakers shouldn't worry themselves on "filling James Dean's shoes" but instead simply conveying the characters that Steinbeck created. <br><br> For anyone who hasn't read the book, definitely check it out. Very cinematic.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    GunRunner

    by König Lear

    What a strange criticism of the man. The critiques I usually hear of Steinbeck address his abilities as a writer, which, aside from his novels of moment, weren't as great as they're propped up to be. Judging by his journals (at least the ones available to read), he wasn't ceaselessly happy OR unhappy, and similar in temperament to Samuel Hamilton in East of Eden. (Which fits, because that character is his grandfather, by Steinbeck's admission.) But I suppose only unhappy people can have or record difficult times, eh? (When he accepted his Nobel, Steinbeck railed against the destructive fear he saw driving the 20th Century and said, "[T]he writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit--for gallantry in defeat, for courage, compassion and love.") Moreover, calling an artist unhappy is to judge him or her by a false standard: as if "happiness" as a personality trait is always desirable. Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing another hundred pages of East of Eden adapted for the screen. Maybe Robert Duvall as Caleb Trask? I wish James Coburn was still around.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST

    NO NO NO NO!

    by TheWaqman

    Please don't do this guys. And please not James Franco. He's definitely no James Dean.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Is this the one with Rosie O'Donnell's clit?

    by www.valiens.com

    Or is that something else brilliant?

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:23 a.m. CST

    I'd prefer an Exit to Eden remake

    by eXcommunicated

    Seriously.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Legends of the Fall...

    by eXcommunicated

    ...was it loosely based upon this novel?

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Good intention bad idea

    by BurntRectum

    The 1955 movie is really different than the book. The book is one of the best stories I've ever read. I don't think anything less than a mini-series could capture the scope of the book.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 2:52 a.m. CST

    what eXcommunicated said

    by The Amazing G

    hooray for Rosie O'Donnell in a dominatrix outfit!