Leper colony novel would make great film, producer tells Greene fest

Mon Sep 29, 2014 4:13am EDT
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By Carolyn Cohn

BERKHAMSTED England (Reuters) - Writer Graham Greene's novel set in a leper colony in the Belgian Congo would make a great film, the producer of the 1999 film of Greene's "The End of the Affair" said.

Stephen Woolley told the annual Graham Greene festival this weekend that he would like to produce "A Burnt-Out Case," the story of an architect named Querry who moves from Europe to the colony to escape fame and women.

"It would be a great film - we can give the claustrophobia that's so important to the book of going into this jungle. We can make that place fetid," he said.

Issues over rights with Greene's estate meant he could not yet commission a film script for the book, Woolley told the festival in the southern English town of Berkhamsted, Greene's birthplace.

Woolley's other films include the Oscar-winning "The Crying Game".

Greene's most famous novels include "Brighton Rock" and "The Power and the Glory". Many have been adapted for film, some more than once. But "A Burnt-Out Case" is one of the few of which no film has been made.

Among more recent adaptations, Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore starred in "The End of the Affair", set in wartime London, and Michael Caine starred in "The Quiet American," set in 1950s Vietnam and released in 2002.

"His writing is so cinematic," film critic Quentin Falk told the festival.   Continued...