After spending time with large, water-dwelling mammals and ticked off, sexually harassed female miners, writer/director Niki Caro is going to sit back and delight in some fine wine. The latest news from Cannes is that she is set to direct a screen adaptation of Elizabeth Knox's The Vintner's Luck, which Caro co-wrote with Joan Scheckel. Along with an impressive cast of actors that includes Jeremie Renier (In Bruges), Gaspard Ulliel (Hannibal Rising) once again delighting in wine, Vera Farmiga (The Departed) and María Ruiz, the production will reunite the helmer with Keisha Castle-Hughes, who she directed in Whale Rider.

Unlike Sideways, which focuses on the wine tasting with a side of dysfunction, Vintner's is just a smidge more fantastical. The book is set in 1808, and talks about Sobran (Renier), a young man who discovers an angel with "an appetite for earthly pleasures -- wine, books, gardening, conversation, and, eventually, carnal love." For the next 55 years, the angel Xas is his friend and adviser as he experiences everything from love and marriage to war and death. The Hollywood Reporter's description adds a few more grapes: "The film revolves around a peasant winemaker in 19th century France as he grapples with the sensual, sacred and profane while searching for the perfect vintage." It sounds like a pretty interesting story -- angels, sexiness, wine and the turmoil of life -- what else could we want? (And heck, any production with young actors that doesn't include the tabloid-crazy is a plus in my book.) Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a while for this interest to be fulfilled. The film isn't slated to shoot until next year -- February for shots in Auckland New Zealand and March for the Burgandy region of France and then Belgium.
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