It has recently announced that director Shekhar Kapur will take on the challenge of bringing Martin Amis’ London Fields to the big screen.
Despite the fact that both Michael Winterbottom and David Cronenberg have previously been attached to this project, it seems that it will be Kapur who takes on the tricky task of bring the novel to life on screen. Kapur first gain critical acclaim with the 1994 Indian film, Bandit Queen, but is better known by Western audiences for Elizabeth – a biopic of Queen Elizabeth I, starring Cate Blanchett which was so successful he went on to make a sequel, Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
However, London Fields, being a murder mystery, promises to give Kapur the opportunity to take on something entirely different. The darkly comedic story follows a terminally ill American writer named Samson Young, who has been suffering from writers block for 20 years while living in London. He meets a female psychic, Nicola Six, who is attempting to investigate her own murder, before it happens.
While London Fields if frequently regarded as Amis’ strongest work, it is not the first of his novels to be be adapted for the screen. Both The Rachel Papers and Dead Babies have previously been made into feature films, whilst Money was made into a TV drama starring Nick Frost just last year.
There’s currently no word on who might be cast as Samson Young and Nicola Six, and it’s likely to be a while before London Fields goes into production since Kapur is currently working on his upcoming film, Paani, which is also being produced by Danny Boyle.
We’ll keep you posted!