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on: January 23, 2004, 12:34:30 AM
Martin Scorsese Adapting Greene's Heart
Source: Variety

Martin Scorsese will develop as a potential directing project The Heart of the Matter, a Graham Greene novel to be scripted by Don MacPherson, says Variety.

Greene wrote the novel in 1948, and Scorsese read it as a young man and never forgot it. Like Greene's The Quiet American, it revolves around a secure, mature man living in a place far from home who is plunged into moral crisis by passion.

The story concerns a scrupulously honest, married Catholic police official serving in a West African country during wartime who gets into trouble when he falls in love with another woman while attempting to break up a diamond smuggling operation. Before he knows it, the man has borrowed money from a blackmailer, he's sent his wife away on vacation, and he's in way over his head.

Scorsese just wrapped the Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
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Reply #1 on: January 23, 2004, 11:51:46 AM
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... it revolves around a secure, mature man living in a place far from home who is plunged into moral crisis by passion.



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Reply #2 on: January 23, 2004, 11:56:48 AM
all I can say is:


but this could be good. Greene is a snappy writer...
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Reply #3 on: January 23, 2004, 12:47:47 PM
Greene is my second or third favorite author, and I was actually just about to start reading this one. Scorsese is such a perfect choice for his material that I'm surprised he hasn't adapted anything by him before.


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Reply #4 on: January 23, 2004, 04:55:19 PM
But the story sounds a lot like The Quiet American. I'm gonna try and read some Greene.