According to Empire Online, they recently spoke with Director Joe Wright and found out he is going to turn Ian McEwan’s highly praised novel, Atonement, into a movie for the big screen.
"Next will probably be a film adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel Atonement, which is with Working Title, and Christopher Hampton is writing it. If all goes according to plan, we'll be shooting that next spring or summer." Wright states.
The novel is about a 13 year-old girl who returns from school in the summer of 1935. There is much “drama” and growing pains along the way.
"It's a wonderful novel but it's an extraordinary structure and I'm trying to get that structure across," explains Wright. "I don't want to tell it in a linear kind of fashion. I think when one's doing an adaptation – Pride and Prejudice or Atonement or any novel – it's important to adhere to the plot points, but also I think one's trying to achieve a kind of cinematic equivalent of the aesthetic of the prose. That's tricky."
Working with Wright on the screenplay is Christopher Hampton (The Quiet American and Dangerous Liasons). Initially Hampton had been working on this project with Richard Eyre (Iris) who at one point was attached to direct.