by: Madison Barnes
Ok, who’s ready for a steamy coming-of-age drama about Southern debutantes who go to boarding school and ride horses?! That’s what Red Wagon Entertainment and Columbia Pictures have cooking, adapting from a novel by Anton Discalifani that’s filled with explicit sex scenes and the varieties of the female sexual experience.
THE YONAHLOSSEE RIDING CAMP FOR GIRLS is a period piece set in the middle of the Great Depression, following strong-willed 15 year-old Thea Atwell, who’s been cast out of her home and sent to an equestrienne boarding school in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She learns about life and love, and the struggle of growing up amidst hard economic times. Partly a love story and partly a family drama, Thea learns about herself and the potential for her family, her lovers, and her country.
This sounds like it’s geared towards “Twilight” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” audiences – and could be a cash cow for Columbia. Whether it will dig deeper than surface-level melodrama is yet to be seen, but readers of the book rave about the characters, despite some who are put off by the explicit sexual encounters spread throughout the book.
Ever since the overly-explicit “Fifty Shades of Grey” hit bookshelves, housewives and teenagers girls (and I’m sure a BUNCH of guys who just won’t admit it) have been salivating for the next novel that can deliver the same “reading” experience. Having only been published in June of 2013, Columbia was quick to snatch the film rights. Right now they seem to be pumping full speed ahead in attempts to bring audiences to a gratifying finish once again (I’ll let you decide if the pun was intended…).
No word yet on who will star in the film, but hopefully big-name actors will not flee from the production as was the case with “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Serious actors weren’t sure whether the movie would be a huge hit or possibly ruin their careers, and this project might hold that very same foreboding. As for now, it’s out of our their hands and really dependent on what direction the producers will take it. Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing, along with Charles Morrison for Red Wagon. Lauren Abrahams is overseeing at Columbia, and between all of them on the project, I hope they know what they’re getting themselves into.
While the project could be another huge hit, it could also backfire if not done correctly. Readers responded to “Fifty Shades of Grey” partly because of the anomaly that let borderline pornographic material become populist literature, but it’s yet to be seen whether that will remain an anomaly, or become the newly adapted literary trend.
Stay tuned to the Tracking Board for all the updates on this steamy and dramatic film that’s sure to rock somebody’s boat.