Ernest Hemingway’s ‘A Movable Feast’ is coming to the small screen as a television series. The project is being developed by the Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, along with Mariel Hemingway, the Oscar-nominated actress, and Ernest Hemingway’s granddaughter. Marc Rosen and John Goldstone are on board as producers who will help to develop the memoir as an origin story about Hemingway. For now, no network has picked up the show. No writer is attached to adapt the story either. Overall, the project will be overseen by Village Roadshow’s executive vice president of television, Alix Jaffe, the executive vice president of content, Jillian Apfelbaum, and the vice president of television, Adam Dunlap.
‘A Movable Feast’ is Hemingway’s earliest known work which recounts his years as a poor but ambitious expat journalist and young writer living in Paris in the 1920s. Published in 1964, the book describes the apprenticeship of the author as a writer while he was married to his first wife, Hadley Richardson. Hemingway’s memoir consists of several personal accounts, observations, and stories by the writer. Since the acclaimed author moved in intellectual circles in Paris, there are some notable people featured in the book, including, Sylvia Beach, Hilaire Belloc, Aleister Crowley, John Dos Passos, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ford Madox Ford, James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, Pascin, Ezra Pound, Evan Shipman, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Hermann von Wedderkop. It remains to be seen if they appear in the series as well and whether they will be seen interacting with Hemingway before he became famous.
Mariel spoke about the upcoming project, saying, ” ‘A Moveable Feast’ has been my favorite book since I was 11 years old when my father took me to Paris. While reading the book together, he showed me where Papa lived (and daddy was raised) ate, wrote, and dreamed of becoming a great writer. His deep love of my grandmother Hadley and his growing passion for art is an inspiring time at the beginning of his iconic career. I want to reveal on film the coming of age story that has captivated readers and burgeoning writers for several decades.”
Notably, Scribner published ‘A Movable Feast’ in the United States three years after Hemingway’s death. The memoir is mostly based on the notebooks that the author filled in Paris, only rediscovering them several years before his death. The project was brought to Village Roadshow by Rosen, whose past work includes ‘Sense8‘ for Netflix, ‘Threshold’ for CBS, and ‘The After’ for Amazon. (Cover Image Courtesy: GETTY IMAGES)