The first trailer for HBO’s Hemingway and Gellhorn just appeared online (the YouTube version was quickly yanked, we don’t know how long the one we nabbed will be available. If it disappears, try linking to FilmOFillia).
The film stars Clive Owen as Hemingway, Nicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn, with David Strathairn as John Dos Passos, Peter Coyote as Maxwell Perkins, and Parker Posey as Mary Welsh Hemingway. It is directed by Phiilp Kaufman, who directed another movie based on a literary love story, Henry and June, as well as The Unbearable Lightness of Being and The Right Stuff.
It is produced by Sopranos star James Gandolfini, who worked for 6 years to get it made.
It is not based on a specific book. There are plenty of bios of Hemingway, of course. A bio of Martha Gellhorn was published in 2003 (a profile on NPR’s Morning Edition gives a sense of Gellhorn’s personality; a writer and war correspondent, she hated being known primarily as “Hemingway’s third wife”). It is still available in paperback as well as in many libraries.