Molaioli adapts Nick Hornby
by Vittoria Scarpa
- The director will bring the English author’s novel Slam to the silver screen
Andrea Molaioli is to make a big-screen adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel Slam (2007). The director of The Girl by the Lake [+see also:
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The main character is Samuele, a 16-year-old boy who is mad about skateboarding. Samuele spends his days with his friends, doing jumps and tricks, and taking the odd spill; he also nurtures a completely imaginary friendship with his hero, Tony Hawk. He would love to go to university, to travel, maybe even to live in California. But more than anything, he would love to be the first one in his family not to fall into the trap of becoming a parent at 16, which ended up happening to both his mother and his grandmother. But it’s hard to avoid the one sole destiny that runs in his family.
Written by Francesco Bruni (who wrote the screenplay for Human Capital [+see also:
interview: Paolo Virzì
film profile], among countless others, and directed Easy! [+see also:
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interview: Paolo Sorrentino
film profile]). The shoot will get under way in Rome in the spring. The casting call has just opened (email: email@example.com; www.facebook.com/tuttoperunaragazzaIlfilm).
(Translated from Italian)