What a better way to celebrate St. Paddy's than to get this news this week! I am a huge fan of J.P. Donleavy and have had the honor of interviewing him a few years ago! You can read what he had to say to us here!
But, back on track...
Thanks to Donleavy-Mitchell Productions and Honora Productions, J.P. Donleavy's wonderfully endearing 1968 novel, The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B is getting closer and closer to being on a screen near us all!
Bob Mitchell of Donleavy- Mitchell Productions and Giles Andrew from Honora are producing and Mitchell tells me that the screenplay will be penned by Donleavy himself and his son Philip Donleavy.
This is a second project for the father and son writing team. The Donleavys have adapted Donleavy's once banned literary classic, The Ginger Man, also with Mitchell and Philip Donleavy producing, as a vehicle for Johnny Depp. Depp has since signed on as a producer for The Ginger Man.
According to Variety: "Tankut Eker and Stephen Ananicz of Young Turk Ventures brought the two parties together for development financing of "Balthazar B." Young Turk Ventures, based in New York City, is a production company involved in raising development, production and P&A capital."