Dave Eggers' What is the What film adaptation rumored
Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) is interested in directing What is the What, Dave Eggers' semi-fictional memoir of Sudanese refuge Valentino Achak Deng.
Tykwer has already adapted Patrick Suskind's book, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, to the screen, and is currently working on adapting the novel Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell for the Wachowski Brothers. Cloud Atlas has been described by Publisher's Weekly as a book that "weaves history, science, suspense, humor and pathos through six separate but loosely related narratives." If Tykwer can manage to tie this somewhat sprawling 500-plus page narrative into a feature film, then surely he'll be able to handle What is the What, a book we reviewed upon release, concluding: "The crisis fatigue that weighs our outrage only heightens the importance of the voice of the lone Sudanese man, heard through the clear unadorned prose of What is the What."
What Is The What details Valentino's struggles through numerous years as his village is destroyed by arab-militia and he must join thousands of the Lost Boys of the Sudan on a trek rife with starvation, tragedy and man-eating lions to refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya and eventually to the U.S.
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