If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may know that The Year of Fog has been optioned for the big screen before. And you know that it can take a very long time for a film to get made. So many things have to come together: a great script, the right director, the right actor, and, perhaps the most difficult piece of the puzzle, funding. If that weren’t complicated enough, once all of those things are in place, the schedules have to somehow all sync up. No wonder movies can take such a long time to make. But sometimes the stars do align, and a story that began as an image in a writer’s brain, a phrase, an inkling, at long last makes it to screen.
I’m very happy to announce that husband and wife team Michael Polish and Kate Bosworth have just optioned The Year of Fog. This is exciting for a few reasons. One reason I think this is such a good fit is that Polish has a strong track record of thoughtful, beautiful, smart independent films (Northfork, The Astronaut Farmer, Big Sur, Twin Falls Idaho, among others). He also has strong ties to the Bay Area. His adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur was praised for the way it was truthful to Kerouac the man and to the story of Big Sur. Landscape plays a starring role in Polish’s films. He is a gifted storyteller with a a keen eye for the inherent drama of place and a sublime understanding of the way place defines character (Northfork is a prime example of this aesthetic).
Another reason this option just feels right to me is that Kate Bosworth will be playing the lead. Abby, the main character of The Year of Fog, is a stepmother, and so is Bosworth. At the time of this writing, Bosworth is the same age that Abby is when the book opens. There’s a good bit of surfing in the book; Bosworth, who gained a cult following for Blue Crush, is a surfer in real life. The story really puts Abby through the paces, and Bosworth, whose recent work includes psychological thrillers like Before I Wake and Bus 657, as well as subtle dramatic turns in films like Still Alice, can pull it off.
Bosworth and Polish have recently completed 90 Minutes in Heaven, an adaptation of the book by the same name, which will hit theaters soon. And in an interesting coincidence, Bosworth just wrapped filming the action thriller Bus 657 with Robert DeNiro in my hometown of Mobile, Alabama (which gets a cameo in The Year of Fog). Which all just brings me to another thing I love about this couple: they work hard, and they really make movies. Between them, they have at least six forthcoming films, and Bosworth is also starring alongside Dennis Quaid in the Netflix series The Art of More.
While nothing in Hollywood is certain, I have a good feeling about this one. I can’t wait to see Polish’s cinematic vision for the novel realized, and to see Bosworth’s interpretation of Abby, a character who is close to my heart.