Rosemary Sutcliff’s book The Eagle of the Ninth is the basis for The Eagle film (2011) which will be released on February 11th in the USA and March 25th, 2011, in the UK. For more and the film posters.
The director Kevin Macdonald has spoken of The Eagle of the Ninth as ‘a Western‘. world-renowned Rosemary Sutcliff loved the genre, although Kevin was not aware of this until I told him during filming.
Duncan Kenworthy (the producer) and I shared memories of the book The Eagle of the Ninth as one of our favourite childhood novels. I pleaded with him to let me do it, and he finally gave in. There has been this glut of huge-scale sword and sandal movies, but we want to do this in a very gutsy, visceral way. I see it as a Western – it’s ‘The Searchers’ meets ‘Apocalypto‘ set in Scotland, where the landscape is the dominant production value.
- More on The Eagle of the Ninth film and book here on this blog
- Trailer for the film The Eagle here
- Focus Features microsite on The Eagle film
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