Acclaimed actor Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “The BFG”), Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra (“Embrace Of The Serpent”) and producer Michael Fitzgerald are set to team on a film adaptation of Nobel Prize literature winner J.M. Coetzee’s award-winning political thriller novel “Waiting For The Barbarians”.
First was published in 1980, the story follows a magistrate (Rylance) of a far-flung border outpost as the reckless behavior of the ‘Empire’ he serves threatens to trigger a Barbarian invasion.
He begins to question imperialism when he saves a young ‘barbarians’ (one of the indigenous people in the country) and realizes that all is not what it appears to be.
After mounting a harrowing escape, he is arrested by his own people and thrown in jail only to escape and eventually become an inspiration to others.
Guerra is currently in pre-production on “Birds Of Passage” so this isn’t expected to move forward soon.