"PATRICK SÜSKIND, THE FAMOUSLY introverted German writer, has finally given permission for the filming of his novel Perfume (Das Parfum) (amazon.com), after 20 years of negotiations with filmmakers. Many thought the extraordinary tale of a perfume-maker with no sense of smell in malodorous 18th-century France could never be made into a film (imdb.com), or at least not until someone invented smell-o-vision...." Full story here. (timesonline.co.uk)
Some of you might know this novel as the book that inspired Kurt Cobain to write the song "Scentless Apprentice". This book has been one of all time favourites for years, so while I'm psyched about the movie version, I'm also worried it'll be butchered in Hollywood. Maybe the fact that Bernd Eichinger, who produced Fantastic Four and Downfall, is behind the project is enough to keep me optimistic.
Edit: Wasn't sure whether this should go here or in the "Print" forum. If anyone feels it belongs there, well...
(edited by Stilton on 7.9.05 1327) He was a popular attraction until he choked to death on a corn kernel.
As far as I can remember, and maybe I should read them all again, but for my money, albeit short, the creepiest of Dahl's children's stories was "George's Marvellous Medicine". Here's a quote from the Random House website: