Book Of Harlan is a novel written by author Bernice L. McFadden. Upon its release in 2016 it has garnered critical acclaim for its storytelling and this year had the honor of winning both an American Book Award and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. Now based on reports from Deadline, the novel is now being adapted into a feature film to be directed and produced by filmmaker Mark Tonderai.
The novel, published by Akashic Books, follows a jazz musician who is imprisoned at Buchenwald after migrating from the U.S. to Paris in the 1930s. The book is about Harlan and then eventually his best friend, trumpeter Lizard Robbins, who are asked if they would like to play in The Harlmen of Paris at a cabaret. The two American musicians accept the invitation and end up in Paris. Eventually, the Nazis move into Paris, and the two are thrown into the Buchenwald concentration camp in Weimar, Germany. The story is captivating and full of emotion and has the potential to be an amazing, heart-wrenching film.
Tonderai is a British filmmaker best know for directing the horror film The House At The End Of Street starring Jennifer Lawrence. More recently, he directed the pilot for Netflix original series Paranoid as well as directed the full run of episodes for the drama series The Five.
What do you think GOC fam? Are you excited for this book-to-film adaption? Do you think Tonderai is the right man for the job? Let us know in the comments below.