Todd Field To Direct Movie Adaptation Of Jess Walter’s Bestseller ‘Beautiful Ruins’

Los Angeles, CA (April 8, 2013) – Filmmaker Todd Field, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, co-founders of Cross Creek Pictures, and Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody, co-founders of Smuggler Films, announced today that their companies will team up to produce the film adaptation of Jess Walter’s New York Times Best Seller, “Beautiful Ruins.” Todd Field and Jess Walter are confirmed to write the screenplay, with Field set to direct. Field will produce the film through Standard Film Company with Cross Creek’s Oliver, Thompson, Smuggler Films’ Milling Smith and Carmody, Adam Kassan will oversee production for Cross Creek.

The epic story begins in the spring of 1962 off the Ligurian Sea and centers on three young characters whose orbit around one another is set in motion by an incident involving the international jet-set center, Rome, in the throws of “La Dolce Vita” madness during the shooting of Cleopatra, and continues for decades.

In addition to appearing on the New York Times Best Sellers list, “Beautiful Ruins” was named one of the best books of 2012 by Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, the New York Times, Amazon, Esquire and National Public Radio.

Comments (18)

  • One of the finest directors around. I wish he’d do more films. How do these directors make a living between movies? Commercials I guess?

    Comment by Stamos — Monday April 8, 2013 @ 10:43am PDT  
    • Smuggler Fiilms is one of the top commercial production companies in the world, and Todd Field recently was added to Smuggler’s roster, so the answer appears to be “yes.” Congrats to Patrick and Brian.

      Comment by Observer — Monday April 8, 2013 @ 11:38am PDT  
  • Amazing! Love this book and think that Todd Field will make an awesome director. SUPER EXCITED!!!

    Comment by TheMoodyFoody — Monday April 8, 2013 @ 10:43am PDT  
  • This is great news. So happy to hear this book is being adapted into a film.

    Comment by June2012 — Monday April 8, 2013 @ 10:49am PDT  
  • This is the same director as In The Bedroom, right? I thought that movie was an interesting adaptation, curious to see how this one turns out.

    Comment by Bea — Monday April 8, 2013 @ 10:51am PDT  
    • Yes, also the director of LITTLE CHILDREN. If you haven’t seen that one, you should. It’s nothing short of fantastic.

      Comment by Stamos — Monday April 8, 2013 @ 11:03am PDT  
  • Love this book and love his work. Can’t wait!

    Comment by furthust — Monday April 8, 2013 @ 10:52am PDT  
  • Awesome news! I love this book. From the first page you can see and feel what a fantastic film it will be – and Todd Fields is the perfect director.

    Comment by Lisa Rich — Monday April 8, 2013 @ 11:04am PDT  
  • I LOVED this book — it will make a terrific movie!!

    Comment by Caroline Bock — Monday April 8, 2013 @ 11:08am PDT  
  • I LOVED this book — a challenge on the time shifts — more a literary work than a movie — but I am thrilled to see Jess Walters co-writing screenplay!!

    Comment by Caroline Bock — Monday April 8, 2013 @ 11:09am PDT  
  • Terrific book (with a “classical” narrative spine that has the makings of a great movie). Todd Field will knock this one out of the park.

    Comment by taffin — Monday April 8, 2013 @ 11:18am PDT  
  • I had high hopes for this book and it did not deliver at all. What started out as promising ended as a boring mess. The movie will have to be wildly different from the book. I like Todd Field, but I don’t see how they will create something substantial from such underdeveloped characters and a lackluster plot. Not that they would be the first to try. Good luck.

    Comment by SayWhat — Monday April 8, 2013 @ 12:47pm PDT  
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