Dostoevsky’s “Idiot” Gets A Teen Reboot

Jackson Rathbone (“Twilight”) and Erika Christensen (“Swimfan,” “Traffic”) have signed on to star in what sounds like a contemporary, American-set feature adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s classic novel “The Idiot” for Intandem Films says Variety.

The original book follows Prince Myshkin, a good and honest man returning home to Russia after a stint in a Swiss sanatorium. He soon finds himself a stranger in a society obsessed with wealth, power, and sexual conquest – an empty society that cannot handle his moral idealism. Throw in a love triangle, some blackmail and a spot of murder as well.

This adaptation is said to center on “a man of pure spirit who thinks he can save the world but is caught between a wildly beautiful and fragile woman, a woman he is falling in love with and a friend who is trying to destroy him”.

Paul Williams will direct and shooting aims to begin in Los Angeles in September. The most famous previous adaptation of the work was Akira Kurosawa’s 1951 film of the same name. The original cut of the film, which ran over four hours, has been lost to time.