RT Features is in development on an adaptation of Memory Wall, a short story by Anthony Doerr. The story centers on “a young boy in South Africa comes to possess an old woman’s secret, a piece of the past with the power to redeem a life.” According to our partners at Omelete, Daniel Barber (Harry Brown) is on board as director. Andrew Sirangelo Paulo will script the adaptation.
The premise is certainly intriguing, and endless praise of Memory Wall is just a quick google search away. The piece serves as the title story for Memory Wall: Stories, a collection of Doerr’s short stories. Read the official book synopsis after the break.
Set on four continents, Anthony Doerr’s new stories are about memory, the source of meaning and coherence in our lives, the fragile thread that connects us to ourselves and to others. Every hour, says Doerr, all over the globe, an infinite number of memories disappear. Yet at the same time children, surveying territory that is entirely new to them, push back the darkness, form fresh memories, and remake the world.
In the luminous and beautiful title story, a young boy in South Africa comes to possess an old woman’s secret, a piece of the past with the power to redeem a life. In “The River Nemunas,” a teenage orphan moves from Kansas to Lithuania to live with her grandfather, and discovers a world in which myth becomes real. “Village 113,” winner of an O’Henry Prize, is about the building of the Three Gorges Dam and the seed keeper who guards the history of a village soon to be submerged. And in “Afterworld,” the radiant, cathartic final story, a woman who escaped the Holocaust is haunted by visions of her childhood friends in Germany, yet finds solace in the tender ministrations of her grandson.
Every story in Memory Wall is a reminder of the grandeur of life–of the mysterious beauty of seeds, of fossils, of sturgeon, of clouds, of radios, of leaves, of the breathtaking fortune of living in this universe. Doerr’s language, his witness, his imagination, and his humanity are unparalleled in fiction today. [Amazon]