Sunday, January 29, 2017

Elliot Ackerman's "Dark at the Crossing"

Elliot Ackerman is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Dark at the Crossing and Green on Blue. He is based out of Istanbul, where he has covered the Syrian Civil War since 2013. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Repub­lic and The New York Times Magazine, among other pub­lications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He is both a former White House Fellow and a Marine, and has served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.

Here Ackerman explains why he'll leave the casting to others if Dark at the Crossing is adapted for the big screen:
If Dark at the Crossing were turned into a movie, I think the only way that I could remain sane throughout the production would be by ceding all notions that I had any input into how the film would turn out. Publishing a book is, obviously, a joyous process. But what is less obvious is that it can also be a melancholy one. When you hold the first copy of your book in your hand, it can feel like a tiny death. This world you had once occupied with your characters is no more, or at least no longer one you can manipulate as its creator. If any of my works were turned into a film, I believe that my role would be to allow the filmmaker to make what he or she wanted out of that world which I had once inhabited.
Visit Elliot Ackerman's website.

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