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The Master And Margarita Set For Screen
Russian novel adaptation planned

19 February 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Good news for all you fans of Russian literature out there - and really, who among us is not? The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov, is on its way to cinema screens from producer Scott Steindorff.

The novel, which regularly appears on Best Novel of the Century lists, sees Satan walk the Earth, hanging out with a group of literary types in Moscow, including the title characters, a despairing novelist and his married lover. Deaths and disappearances follow in the Devil's wake, and things take a turn for the seriously confusing when the action shifts into the novel that the master is writing (about Jerusalem in the time of Pontius Pilate) and a whole other, supernatural world where Satanic forces have taken over Margarita's life.

So not so much with the kittens and flowers then. To be perfectly honest, we've read the novel and didn't love it, but it's a Very Important Classic so maybe it'll be wonderful. And producer Steindorff at least has experience with literary adaptations - he also worked on The Human Stain and the recent Love In The Time of Cholera. Let's hope that this one works better.


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RE: Didn't love it???!!!
Has anyone ever seen the Russian TV adaptation?  More

Posted by cold_one at 16:17 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Didn't love it???!!!
When I say "we", I mean "I". Glen really likes it. In fairness, it's been a few years and I could give it another go, but I wasn't a mad fan. More

Posted by Helen OHara at 15:04 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

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Like a lot of other university graduates, the closest that i've ever got to classic literature is Clive Cussler, but, apros of nada, there's one thing that puzzles me................. Some years ago, the writers Christopher Hampton, (Oscar nominated for Atonement ) and Robert Bolt, (Lawrence of Arabia/Ryan's Daughter etc) helped Sir David Lean to adapt Joesph Conrad's 'dense' South American adventure, Nostromo. It's supposed to be the greatest unfilmed screenplay of all time. Hugh Hudson More

Posted by Frank Comiskey at 13:05 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

Didn't love it???!!!
"We've read the novel and didn't love it". What!!! This is truly one of the greats and not in a 'Very Important Classic' type of way, but in an really enjoyable, interesting and funny classic. I know that Empire is all about the entertain, and I'm all for that (I still think you guys were spot on for awarding 4 stars to Crank), but this book is entertaining, hugely, and could make a great film. PS. Saw a stage production of it at Edinburgh Festvial which was great considering they More

Posted by berty2001 at 12:15 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

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