Monday, May 24, 2010

A fav book being made into a movie!

So I've found out that the powers that be are currently shooting a movie based on one of my favorite books, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

Water for Elephants
It's a love story between a young vet student, Jacob Jankowski and a beautiful circus performer, Marlene Rosenbluth set in the Depression era within a traveling train circus. The story is told by an elderly Jacob about his time with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. I'm not much of a circus fan but this book got me interested in circus history and how circus folks lived back in the day. If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it! :)

The movie actually started shooting this past Thursday in Filmore, CA. Rob Pattinson will star as the younger Jacob Jankowski, Reese Witherspoon is to play Marlena Rosenbluth & Christoph Waltz of Inglorious Basterds fame is to play Marlena's charming & cruel animal trainer husband, August Rosenbluth.

Rob on the Water for Elephants set
I'm excited that the book is being made into a movie but nervous as to how they will tweak the story for movie purposes. From all that I've read about current production, there doesn't seem to be an Uncle Al character or plot line nor anything about Camel... How could you leave those two characters out of the movie? They were pretty integral to Jacob's story...

The photos that are emerging from the shoot look very promising set/costume-wise! I think I'm going to love the period costumes & the set. The big steam Loco is awesome!

Steam locomotive on set
The main circus tent on set
Have you read the book? Did you like it? What are your thoughts on the movie being shot at the moment?

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