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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 10.16.08] movie news drama

"My intention was, as I now see, to write a Dickens novel, enriched by the sharper lights which I took from our modern times, and by the pallid ones I would have found in my own interior." -- Kafka

I haven't read "Amerika" yet but I know that it was published after Kafka's death in 1927. Apparently it's not quite as surreal as many of his other works like "Metamorphosis" or "The Trial" but still makes great use of putting protagonists in bizarre situations as a major theme.

The story describes the bizarre wanderings of a 16-year-old European emigrant named Karl Rossmann in the United States, who was forced to go to New York to escape the scandal of his seduction by a housemaid. As the ship arrives in America, he becomes friends with a stoker who is about to be dismissed from his job.

The film is currently in development at Apollo Films with Jonathan Miller attached to direct. From what I can see, Miller hasn't directed a film since 1970 when he made Take a Girl Like You with Hayley Mills and the late great Oliver Reed. As of yet no actor has been signed on but we'll keep you posted.

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