Hampton and Hooper Head EAST OF EDEN

     January 13, 2009

Written by Matt Goldberg

Director Tom Hooper (the excellent “John Adams”) and screenwriter Christopher Hampton (the atrocious “Atonement”) are adapting John Steinbeck’s classic novel, “East of Eden”. John Steinbeck adapted it from the story of Cain and Abel which is great because it means you don’t have to pay for the rights. The downside is if God wants to sue you, he doesn’t need courts to get his money back. He’ll just send his son Jesus to take a hit out on you.

Yes, this is how Jews think Christianity works.

The involvement of Hooper would make me excited about this flick but his involvement is completely negated by Hampton who I feel is the one most responsible for why the adaptation of “Atonement” is such a worthless pile. We’ll probably see how it turns out in 2010 since the studio would like to get “East of Eden” into production later this year.

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