The Stars At Noon Adaptation, based on the book by Denis Johnson did not have an easy road to getting made. While avoiding the typical “development hell” pitfalls, COVID forced the production to switch leads multiple times before finally having a chance to film. This movie will be for anyone interested in noir-style thriller love stories.
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This page was updated: 7/27/23
About The Book:
Originally traveling to Nicaragua as an observer for an anti-war group, and American woman is disgusted with the corruption of both the Sandinistas and “the stupid CIA.” She hustles as a prostitute at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Managua, hoping to leave Nicaragua one day.
At the hotel, she eventually meets an unnamed English oil businessman whom she falls in love with. When the Englishman has falling out with Costa Ricans, the two flee together toward border. An American who is most likely a CIA agent tracks them and pressures her to sell out the Englishman.
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Current Production Status:
Released as of October 2022.
The Stars At Noon Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first released in September 1986.
In April 2019 the adaptation was announced with Claire Denis directing and Robert Pattinson as lead actor. The next year in February 2020 A24 acquired the North American rights and Margaret Qualley was cast as the female lead.
With Covid delaying the production, Robert Pattinson left the project in July 2021 because of scheduling conflicts. Taron Egerton was announced as his replacement. A few months later Egerton left the project and Joe Alwyn was brought in to take the role. Filming began in November 2021 and the movie entered post-production in January 2022.
It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival May 25th, 2022 and won the Grand Prix. It was also nominated for the top prize of the festival, the Palme d’Or.
In late September it was announced that the movie would be both in the theaters and VOD on October 14th.
Where Can I Watch The Series/Movie?
As of July 2023 you can watch the movie streaming on Hulu.
The film was shown at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Grand Prix and was nominated for the Palme d’Or. The show currently has a 61% tomatometer and 14% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. 5.4/10 on IMDb.
Who Owns The Rights:
A24 acquired the film rights and with Barnstormer Productions led the production. Hulu partnered to gain the US distribution rights.
Who Is Attached:
Margaret Qualley andJoe Alwyn have been cast as the leads with John C. Reilly and Benny Safdie joining in supporting roles.
Principal photography occurred in various locations around Panama.
October 14th, 2022.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
This movie was featured in the 2022 Books to Screen Adaptations masterlist.
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