I loved the book very much and went on to devour all things Steinbeck. I never got to watch the movie though. I have a thing against black and white movies. They just feel so old and musty, I have problems understanding the accents of the actors of the time, and basically, they are just not for me.
So, I was pleasantly surprised to see a couple of news articles stating that The Grapes of Wrath may be remade into a movie and could possibly be directed by Steven Spielberg.
I guess more directors are choosing to revisit the classics after the recent The Great Gatsby…which got hammered by the critics but was loved by a lot of bloggers.
There is quite a huge difference between The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath though. The earlier Gatsby movie (starring Robert Redford) was a disaster whereas the old Grapes of Wrath movie is very well-loved. Also, it’s easier to capture a glitzy and glamorous lifestyle in color then it is to capture the austerity and grittiness of The Grapes of Wrath.
It will definitely be interesting though, and may interest youngsters to this book. What do you think? Are you interested in watching a modern take? Who do you think will suit the roles of Tom Joad and Ma Joad? I have a vague sense of foreboding about the casting. Something tells me they will try to rope in Tom Hanks or Leonardo diCaprio for Tom Joad :(. They seem to be the only choice for almost every literary adaptation these days. I really hope a fresh face is chosen though.
I do wonder if they”ll have the guts to film the controversial final scene of the book.