Oscar winner Mark Rylance and director Ciro Guerra are bringing Nobel Prize winner WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS to the big screen with producer Michael Fitzgerald. The book from J.M. Coetzee was published in 1980 and won numerous awards.
The story centers on the crisis of the conscience of the magistrate—a loyal servant of the Empire working in a tiny frontier town, doing his best to ignore an inevitable war with the “barbarians.” After he witnesses the cruel and unjust treatment of prisoners of war, he reconsiders his role in the regime and carries out a quixotic act of rebellion. Rylance will place the magistrate.
In addition to the Nobel Prize for Literature, the thriller also won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for fiction. It was adapted into a two-act opera from Phillip Glass in 2005.
Rylance most recently starred in The BFG and is teaming up with Steven Spielberg again for Ready Player One. He will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.
Guerra previously helmed The Wind Journeys and Wandering Shadows. He is currently in pre-production on Birds of Passages, the follow-up to Embrace of the Serpent which he wrote and directed.
Emily J | Staff Writer