Writer Tommy Wieringa hopes actors Hannah Hoekstra and Gijs Scholten van Aschat will have a role in the film adaptation of his book Joe Motorboat, he said NOS with a view of tomorrow.
The author also spoke on the radio show about the long legal battle that began in 2010 when another producer worked on a film adaptation that did not make him happy. In the end, the judge ruled the movie shouldn’t be shot.
“I was too inexperienced at the time, and I was too afraid they would screw it up,” Wieringa now admits. “Now I don’t have that fear anymore. I don’t have to make any more choices; an adaptation of a book is always a reduction of something very big. Sam de Jong (the director, editor’s note) has my book in his disposition: I am very curious to know which bouquet of flowers he chooses for his film. “
Wieringa regrets that after the whole affair he is round Joe Motorboat is known as a troublemaker at the Film Fund. “My objections started when the plan was still very small. I didn’t like to keep mentioning this objection when it got very big, but I felt compelled to read the book back then. Now the only condition of the Film Fund is that I don’t. interfere with the film. “
The bestselling book is about Fransje Hermans, who loses her ability to speak after an accident and finds herself in a wheelchair. His life seems over until he meets Joe Speedboot. The novel has sold nearly half a million copies.