After Hollywood ‘Blindsides’ Audiences, It Will Take Them on ‘A Long Way Down’

If my career as a journalist doesn’t take off, I’m thinking of becoming a movie producer. It’s not as hard, right?

It would be cool to make the movies I’d want to see, and I already thought of a couple of books that would be perfect for the big screen.

Apparently, I’m not the only one. Movie studios have swooped in on two of the novels I had in mind.

Sandra Bullock, star of the upcoming movie, "The Blind Side."
Sandra Bullock, star of the upcoming movie, "The Blind Side." Photo courtesy of fanpix Web site.

Sandra Bullock headlines the cast of “The Blind Side,” which is based on Michael Lewis’  book. His novel introduces us to Michael Oher, an underprivileged African-American, as he dominates the football field with unforgiving speed – despite his 300-pound frame.

Based on a true story, Oher is adopted by a Caucasian family, is a lineman for the University of Mississippi and is a potential NFL pick. The author goes back and forth between Oher’s inspirational journey and the rise of the left tackle position in the game of football.

In the film, Bullock plays Oher’s adoptive mother. She is joined by Tim McGraw, who plays her husband, and newcomer Quinton Aaron as Oher. “The Blind Side” is slated for a November 2009 release.

Not to be beat, Nick Hornby is working on a screenplay for his own book, “A Long Way Down,” which just happens to be one of my favorite reads.

“A Long Way Down” brings us four people (a single mom, a teenage girl, a musician and talk-show-host-turned-pervert) who come together in the most unlikely circumstances. The circumstances: They all try to commit suicide by jumping off the same building.

Instead, they talk each other down and make a pact to die at a later date. On the way, they discover love, life, blah, blah, blah …

Nick Hornby, author of A Long Way Down, which is expected to be translated on to the big screen. Photo courtesy of SwissEduc Web site.
Nick Hornby, author of "A Long Way Down," which is expected to be translated on to the big screen. Photo courtesy of SwissEduc Web site.

Hornby, author of “About a Boy,” spares us the cliches of other life-affirming stories in favor of grounded reality and belly laughs.

The movie is listed as in development and details are only available on IMDbPro, so the cast is up in the air. Johnny Depp is said to co-produce the film, though.

Excuse me, while I set my priorities straight.

Career goals:

1) Producer

2) Journalist

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