Classics can be hit or miss but this Across The River and Into The Trees adaptation has a big name anchoring it. Ernest Hemingway’s novel follows Colonel Richard Cantwell as he reflects on his life while hunting in post-World War II Venice. With the depth of the novel’s characters and the poignancy of its themes, there is much excitement over how the filmmakers will translate the story to the big screen. The adaptation will bring new life to Hemingway’s work, offering a visually stunning portrayal of the novel’s powerful themes.
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This page was updated: 8/4/23
About The Book:
A poignant tale of a revitalizing love that is found too late—the fleeting connection between an Italian countess and an injured American colonel inspires light and hope, while only darkness lies ahead.
In the fall of 1948, Ernest Hemingway made his first extended visit to Italy in thirty years. His reacquaintance with Venice, a city he loved, provided the inspiration for Across the River and into the Trees, the story of Richard Cantwell, a war-ravaged American colonel stationed in Italy at the close of the Second World War, and his love for a young Italian countess.
A bittersweet homage to love that overpowers reason, to the resilience of the human spirit, and to the world-weary beauty and majesty of Venice, Across the River and into the Trees stands as Hemingway’s statement of defiance in response to the great dehumanizing atrocities of the Second World War.
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Current Production Status:
Completed and waiting for a release date to be announced. (Fall 2023 date expected)
Across The River and Into The Trees Adaptation Timeline:
This project first started with the announcement of Pierce Brosnan, Isabella Rossellini, and María Valverde being cast in a feature film adaptation of the novel.
In September 2020 the director was replaced and every role was re-cast with Liev Schreiber, Matilda De Angelis, Laura Morante, and Javier Cámara. Josh Hutcherson joining the cast was announced in November.
Filming began in October 2020 and continued until wrapping in March 2021.
The film made it’s debut at the Sun Valley Film Festival the next year in March 2022.
In May 2023 it was announced that Bleecker Street had acquired the adaptation and would be releasing it by the end of the year. An announcement and release have likely been delayed by the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.
Who Owns The Rights:
Tribune led the production solely producing the film. Bleecker Street acquired the finished movie to handle distribution.
Who Is Attached:
Liev Schreiber, Matilda De Angelis, Danny Huston, Josh Hutcherson, Sabrina Impacciatore, Laura Morante, and Javier Cámara have all joined the cast.
Principal photography for the film took place in various locations around the Veneto region of Italy, including Venice.
After being picked up for distribution by a studio in early 2023, it is expected that the movie will be released by the end of the year although an exact date has not been announced yet (this might be on delay because of the SAG-AFTRA strike).
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