Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. rights to Hemingway’s Garden of Eden, a feature adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s final, posthumously published novel. The indie distributor will release it in theaters Dec. 10.
Mena Suvari, Jack Huston, Caterina Murino, Richard E. Grant, Matthew Modine and Carmen Maura star in the Jazz Age, erotically-charged romance. The story follows a successful American writer (Huston) and his beautiful wife (Suvari) on an extended European honeymoon as she becomes restless in the relationship and draws an Italian girl (Murino) into their lives.
John Irvin directed a screenplay adapted by former Paris Review editor James Scott Linville. The novel, titled The Garden of Eden, was published in 1986, a quarter-century after Hemingway’s suicide.
Lorne Thyssen and Timothy J. Lewiston produced the film for Tranquil Seas along with Bob Mahoney. The film is a U.K.-Spain co-production — Devonshire Prods. in association with Berwick Street Prods. PLC and Freeform Spain SL.
“Ernest Hemingway is one of a handful of genius writers whose work leaps from the page to the screen brilliantly,” said Roadside Attractions co-president Howard Cohen. “And his Garden of Eden is lush and vibrant, in the tradition of other great Hemingway adaptations, like The Sun Also Rises.”
Attorney Greg Bernstein negotiated on behalf of Roadside Attractions, while Tranquil Seas’ Ian Jessel and Tim Johnson negotiated for the filmmakers along with Emily MacKintosh of Field Fisher Waterhouse.
Roadside Attractions has recently released The Cove, Winter’s Bone and The Joneses. The company will release I Love You Phillip Morris and Biutiful in December and The Conspirator in March.