Keira Knightley and others to become clones for Never Let Me Go (updated)

knightley-mulligan-garfieldVariety reported that Keira Knightley will reunite with Carey Mulligan (Kitty from Pride and Prejudice) and join upcoming star Andrew Garfield (Boy A) for One Hour Photo director Mark Romanek’s next project, a “sci-fi thriller” based on Remains of the Day author Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 novel Never Let Me Go for Fox Searchlight.

The story “revolves around a trio who grew up in a boarding school with no contact or knowledge of the outside world until they discover they are clones grown for the sole purpose of organ donation” — not unlike at least two other films about people who discover they’re clones (the former having been directed by Michael Bay and the latter having been skewered on “Mystery Science Theater 3000”).

But Ishiguro’s meditative novel is much less concerned with how society came to this (rather ludicrous) point than with the psychological effects on the clones themselves. Because of that, the “thriller” tag kind of worries me, because the novel doesn’t really present any sense of urgency or immediate physical threats to the characters that the genre calls to mind (my mind, at least).

Now, the term might just be something tacked on by Variety and not actually have any bearing on whether or not the film with be a faithful adaptation, but the fact that Alex Garland (author of The Beach and screenwriter of 28 Days Later and Sunshine) wrote the adaptation makes me a tad suspicious that they are upping the action quotient a bit. (Hopefully, if they must do it at all, it will be a very little bit, so that the tone of the book isn’t undermined.)

Only time will tell.

(Updated at 11:14 AM with additional details.)

Posted on March 2, 2009 at 07:11 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Kira
    on 2009-03-02 at 12:11

    If they’re interested on the psychological/emotional effects of cloning on the clones themselves and those around them, much better source material could be found in Hagio Moto’s A, A’ [A, A Prime]. She has a similar “meditative” approach (common in Japanese science fiction), but handles the material better.

    …In my opinion.

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