One Big Challenge The Circle Faced When Adapting Dave Eggers' Dense Novel
Regardless of narrative or genre, every film adaptation of a novel faces a similar hurdle. After all, stories in book form have a freedom to delve into details that simply cannot be included within the confines of a two-hour long interpretation. It's this familiar challenge that writer/director James Ponsoldt faced in the making of the upcoming thriller The Circle -- based on the novel by Dave Eggers -- and it's part of the reason why readers will find that the movie will be putting a much stronger emphasis on character while moving focus away from the more technology-driven and science-fiction elements of the story.
In anticipation of today's trailer drop, I had the pleasure of hopping on the phone with James Ponsoldt to talk about his work on The Circle, and one subject that we dove into was the many-years-long process of adapting Dave Eggers' book. Recognizing that the novel was first published in 2013 and that technology has advanced a great deal since then, I asked how our own world wound up affecting the process of adapting the story for the movie. The filmmaker explained that it was a process of valuing relationships and core meaning within each scene over the many incredible ideas that the original author imagined. Said Ponsoldt,
It should be noted that there is still an incredibly important technological presence in James Ponsoldt's adaptation of The Circle, as an important element of the plot is instigated by cameras that provide complete access to an individual's life. That being said, the obliquity of social media today definitely means that the film will be a pretty accurate reflection of our own world, rather than a sci-fi story set in the distant future.
In case you didn't catch it before, you can watch the brand new trailer for The Circle below -- and we definitely recommend that you do.
Sporting a phenomenal and star-studded cast featuring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headly, Ellar Coltrane, and Bill Paxton, The Circle will be arriving in theaters on April 28th. In the meantime, stay tuned here on CinemaBlend for more about the film from my interview with James Ponsoldt!
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