Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Werner Herzog to bring Vernon God Little to the big screen
Adaptation of DBC Pierre's award-winning novel marks a return to fiction, and to Texas, for the German director
Novel idea . Werner Herzog will return to non-documentary film-making with Vernon God Little. Photograph: Dan Tuffs for the Guardian
German director Werner Herzog is to return to fiction for his next project, an adaptation of DBC Pierre's 2003 novel Vernon God Little, reports Variety.
The eclectic film-maker's last fiction feature was the eccentric My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done in 2009, and he has concentrated on documentaries in recent years, with Cave of Forgotten Dreams, about the Ardèche cave paintings, and Into the Abyss, a study of Texas's death row.
In Vernon God Little, Herzog will return to Texas: it's about a teenager who heads to Mexico after becoming a scapegoat for a high-school killing in a small Texan town. The novel was given the Man Booker prize in 2003 and Whitbread first novel award (now Costa) in 2003.
There is no word on any casting, but the script will be written by Andrew Birkin, who is best known for writing and directing an adaptation of Ian McEwan's The Cement Garden in 1993.