In some way, Jonathan Stone has found himself in the same company as Cormac McCarthy. That should be more than enough in and of itself for any living writer, but it’s due to a huge boost in public image: According to Deadline, producers Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, and Paula Mae Schwartz — who worked with the latter writer by producing an adaptation of one novel, The Road, and a screenplay, The Counselor — have bought rights to an upcoming, untitled novel with the intention to craft a feature out of the material.
Once called In the Barn, this 2014-bound book follows an elderly man, Stanley Peke, who lived “as a feral child in the Polish woods” whilst hiding out from Nazis during World War II. Now living in America during the current day, Stanley finds himself tracked by thieves who go after older citizens to steal whatever valuable items may be in their possession — which is their mistake. Through “a powerful, harrowing and ultimately uplifting story,” the story’s hero takes it upon himself to get proper revenge.
Too bad Clint Eastwood retired. Anyway, we’re still a bit out from seeing either the original incarnation or adaptation of Stone’s work, so In the Barn — or whatever it ends up being called — is going to have to take a backseat in the meantime. I swear I’ll be attentive in two years’ time, though.
Does Stone’s novel sound like it has the backbone for a good film?