According to the Hollywood Reporter, a new Ernest Hemingway biopic is in the works that will be based on A.E. Hotchner’s New York Times best-selling biography Papa Hemingway: A Personal Memoir.
Papa focuses on the final 14 years of the writer’s life, a time when he was BFF with Hotchner, who is now 88.
For some reason, we’d bet money that this grumpy old Hemingway flick will fair better at the box office than Richard Attenborough’s 1996 In Love and War, which starred Chris O’Donnell and focused on his escapades as an ambulance driver during World War I.
Now on to bigger issues: who do you think should play him? Or does Sean Connery have this one in the bag based on looks alone? Judging from him IMDB page, he’s certainly got some free time on his hands.
And how about the director? We love what Richard Brooks did with Truman Capote’s life in In Cold Blood. We could also imagine Sam Mendes sinking his teeth into the darker side of Papa’s persona. Any other ideas?