fast food nation

Lots of stuff to do today, so there won’t be much blogging, but I wanted to mention that the trailer for Richard Linklater’s soon-to-be-released film “Fast Food Nation” is now available online. I can’t imagine how the book could have been adapted, and I think it’s unlikely that it’ll work, but I’m interested to see how Linklater tackled it and I think it’s awesome that someone tried.

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  1. grr
    Posted August 12, 2006 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Since I haven’t read the book (and honestly only know a little bit about it), this looks interesting. Linklater’s association can’t hurt. :P

  2. mark
    Posted August 12, 2006 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    His movies are coming out faster than I can see them

  3. murph
    Posted August 14, 2006 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    That’s…quite a cast they’ve got there.

  4. kayt
    Posted August 14, 2006 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    I saw a preview before A Scanner Darkly, and… I just don’t know… On the up side, it may spark a resurgance in book sales a la Jurassic Park, or any other book turned movie. Also, like any other book turned movie, there’s no way the movie will be able to touch on all of the themes in the book.

    Then, there’s the seperate issue of it being released as a ficticious story based in reality. Sure, it may get a bigger audience from not being slapped with a “documentary” label, but to me, peoples’ life experiences are far and away more compelling than fiction. What makes the book so compelling is the ludicrous truth of it all. My initial judgement is that the movie won’t be able to maintain that element.

  5. Ted Glass
    Posted August 14, 2006 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Has anyone ever attempted anything like this before? Are there other examples of works of investigative journalism being fictionalized? I’m sure there were movies inspired by the work of Masters and Johnson, for instance, but that’s not what I’m talking about. This isn’t just “inspired by.”

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