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Tome raider: Angelina Jolie lands star role as Hollywood gets its hands on 'Beowulf' [Geatland]:
The script was originally written by the British sci-fi writer Neil Gaiman seven years ago with Roger Avary, who has previously worked on films including Pulp Fiction and The Rules of Attraction. [...]

Dr Paul Cavill, an Anglo-Saxon specialist at Nottingham University, approved of the project. "It sounds great fun. Some scholars are a bit sniffy about Seamus Heaney or about The 13th Warrior [another film inspired by Beowulf], but I think they add enormously to people's enjoyment of Anglo-Saxon literature," he said.

"Anglo-Saxon is, in many ways, inaccessible because you have to get someone's version of it or you learn the language. One is longer than the other. So I always welcome these things. They have to be done very badly not to contribute something to the accessibility of the literature." [...]
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At 5:41 PM, Blogger Bill Hooker replied:

Nice to see such a sensible reaction from a scholar. I've read a scholarly translation, and I listened to Heaney reading his version on the radio in instalments. I confess I preferred ol' Seamus.

I didn't follow the link because I don't want my illusions shattered. I'm fondly imagining that "star role" means Jolie will play Grendel's dam, but I'm sure Hollywood will balk at that.    



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