Cate Blanchett is one of our more reliable actors working today. Ever since 1998, with her performance in Elizabeth, sh ehas proven a mainstay in contemporary film. And her turns in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Babel, The Aviator, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and her newest film, Blue Jasmine, have earned her respect from critics, audiences and peers alike. As soon as Blue Jasmine opened, buzz began to build that she would be up for an Oscar for best actress. Only time will tell if that prediction will prove true.
Deadline reported today that the Australian native is on her way to paving a new career path in the world of film direction. The project will be an adaptation of Herman Koch‘s 2009 novel, The Dinner. Oren Movermen, who penned The Messenger, will draft the script.
The book’s synopsis (Amazon):
An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives — all over the course of one meal.
It’s a summer’s evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse — the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.
Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.
It certainly sounds like an interesting story to tell. It also seems to have a lot of the same markings as Roman Polanski’s Carnage and even a little bit of Derek Chanfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines.
After 20 years in front of some legendary directors’ cameras (Spielberg, Jackson, Scorsese, Fincher), Blanchett is sure to have picked up some good habits of her own. I can’t wait to see how where she takes this material and how the film turns out. I’ll be following this project closely. FlickSided will keep you posted on any news regarding The Dinner.