Not ten minutes, not twelve ... but eleven. That's how long sex lasts, apparently. Just over a year ago, I posted that the Paulo Coelho novel Eleven Minutes was finally getting its shot at the big screen after a few years in development. Marcos Bernstein had been hired to adapt the novel. Now Variety reports that Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) will direct the film, and is also going to rewrite the script.

What I find particularly interesting about all of this is the description Variety uses for the Eleven Minutes; the write-up makes no mention of one of the key aspects of the film. I wonder if that was just the writer's choice, or if the film is getting away from the previous description? As I mentioned last year, the book starts off with: "Once upon a time, there was a prostitute called Maria." The description attached to this news piece, however, says that the film will revolve "around Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village who is swept off to Geneva in an affair with a Swiss businessman. The book's title refers to the average duration of a sexual encounter, and much of Maria's discoveries occur between the sheets."

I'm going to assume it was an oversight, but it would be a nice change of pace to have a movie decide against the prostitute focus for once. Currently, there's no word on when this adaptation will head into production. Maybe next year, since the progress has been slow and easy so far.
categories Movies, Cinematical