Despite his literary fame, Martin Amis’ work has often proved tough to adapt for the screen. Money was turned into a two-part TV drama last year and both The Rachel Papers and Dead Babies have hit cinemas. Now, though, Shekhar Kapur is taking on the challenge of bringing London Fields to life.
Set in the capital in 1999, the book is narrated by Samson Young, an American writer arriving in the city who has been struggling with writer’s block for two decades. Now terminally ill, he discovers a story just waiting to be written – a sprawling, darkly comic tale of a psychic investigating her own murder.
London Fields has long been a target of filmmakers, and the rights were picked up in 2000. David Cronenberg was attached for a while, with Amis taking a crack at the script. But Cronenberg moved on, to be replaced by David Mackenzie and then Michael Winterbottom.
Now Kapur has told the Hollywood Reporter that he’s attached to get it made, though there’s no actual schedule set yet. Besides, Kapur is busy getting set to make passion project Paani and has been developing a third instalment of his films about Elizabeth I. We’ll have to wait and see if Fields actually gets made this time.