DINNER And A Movie

The DinnerCate Blanchett is set to direct her first movie, an adaptation of  The Dinner by Dutch author Herman Koch (RH/Hogarth), according to Deadline. It is unclear whether she also plans to star.

The novel, a hit in Europe, arrived in the U.S. earlier this year with a great deal of fanfare and speculation that it would be the next Gone Girl. Although it didn’t achieved that level, it sold well and was on  NYT hardcover fiction list for seven weeks, reaching a high of #7, and is likely to hit the paperback list, when the trade paperback edition is published at the end of October. Some libraries still show significant holds

A Dutch-language film adaptation, Het Diner, directed by Menno Meyjes, premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival earlier this month. It  opens in the Netherlands in November; no news yet on whether it will be distributed in the U.S.

Another novel by Koch, originally published in Dutch in 2011, Summerhouse with Swimming Pool, (RH/Hogarth) will be published here in June.

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