It looks as if "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," Jamie Ford's popular 2009 debut novel set in World War II-era Seattle, will make it to the big screen.
It’s been a few years coming, but it looks as if “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” Jamie Ford’s popular 2009 debut novel set in World War II-era Seattle, will make it to the big screen. Deadline.com announced today that producers Diane Quon, Joseph Craig and George Takei (the activist and actor who’s well known from a little “Star Trek” gig a while back) have acquired the rights to the novel and are developing it for the screen, with an eye toward production in 2018.
In a statement, Takei said:
“The book tells an intimate love story that is, at once, poignant and sweeping with historic magnitude told against the backdrop of the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. I was captivated by Jamie Ford’s novel when I first read it and visualized a compelling film in my mind’s eye. I saw the drama of enduring love despite governmental racism, the passage of time and the vicissitude of life. What a wonderful film it would make. Now we are beginning the exciting adventure of making it happen.”
Ford himself is at work on the screenplay. “For years I said no to filmmakers who wanted to change too many things about the story (like the ethnicity of my main character),” he told Deadline. “With this team, I’m confident that fans will get a satisfying film that remains true to the spirit of the book.”
The director, cast and filming locations (will it be shot in Seattle?) will be announced later.
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