The Things They Carried adaptation will be an interesting movie to follow. Based on a book, written by Tim O’Brien, and comprised of short stories all connected to the main character and his troop during the Vietnam War. But intentionally blurring the line between fiction and non-fiction using the authors personal experiences of being a solider in the war. Personally, I’m surprised they didn’t go down the series/limited series route, but it might just be an adaptation of one or a few of the short stories. This project is still in early stages so we’ll find out more as it goes along.
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This page was updated: 7/29/23
About The Book:
A collection of linked short stories, The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three.
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Current Production Status:
The Things They Carried Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first published in 1990, although a few of the short stories had individually been published in Esquire previously. It ended up as a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
In November 2020 a film adaptation was announced with Rupert Sanders attached to direct. Casting was announced shortly after. There have been no updates since.
Who Owns The Rights:
MadRiver International, Hardy, and Son & Baker are all co-producing the film.
Who Is Attached:
Tom Hardy, Bill Skarsgard, Tye Sheridan, and Pete Davidson have all be cast in various roles.
Because this project is in early pre-production there is currently to estimated release.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
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The Things They Carried Adaptation: Everything We Know So Far
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