Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Movie: Charlotte's Web

Nice article about the filming in Australia of E.B.White's classic, Charlotte's Web. The producer, Jordan Kerner respects the book and is attempting a faithful translation to the screen.

Having read the novel as a child, re-reading Charlotte's Web as an adult brought depth to author E. B. White's writing. "I look at it as a piece of general literature because when you look at it as an adult you understand the beauty of [White's] writing. In terms of American writers he is in the realm of Mark Twain or Kurt Vonnegut," Kerner said.

His writers are also committed:

His adaptation tries to pay homage to White, with its writers, Susannah Grant and Karey Kirkpatrick, devotees of White's writing.

"The writers love White's writing so they mimicked it or used it as much as possible in the screenplay," Kerner said.

He has been given unprecedented access to White's notes on the novel and has borrowed many of his thoughts to help transpose the book onto the screen.

Some people lament Hollywood's treatment of children's books but often I find movies send kids back to the books. Sounds like Kerner's heart is in the right place.

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