Right now, Ellen Page is likely preparing for a big Sundance, as she has Touchy Feely and The East set to premiere at the festival later this month. Meanwhile, another interesting project has surfaced on her horizon: Variety’s Jeff Sneider tweeted that Page is attached to Into the Forest, an adaptation of the novel by Jean Hegland. Into the Forest is a post-apocalyptic story, but on a smaller scale than “post-apocalyptic” usually connotes. Two teenage sisters live alone in a remote part of the Northern California forest, miles away from any neighbor, when society unexpectedly collapses: “There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found.” The sisters are left to hope the power eventually returns as their supplies dwindle.
It’s too bad that Page, almost 26, is still playing teenagers. (They could age the character up, but it seems crucial that two teenagers live alone.) But the intimate premise sounds worth the effort, adding another layer to the post-apocalyptic stories that I love so much. Read the book synopsis after the break.
Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home.
Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them. No single event precedes society’s fall. There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found. The sisters consume the resources left in the house, waiting for the power to return. Their arrival into adulthood, however, forces them to reexamine their place in the world and their relationship to the land and each other. [Amazon]