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Cave novel Bunny Munro to be adapted
09.07.10 | Catherine Neilan
Nick Cave's 2009 novel The Death Of Bunny Munro (Canongate) is to be turned into a TV mini-series, and "Sexy Beast" actor Ray Winstone is "dying to do it" Empire Magazine reports.
Speaking at the Dundee Literary Festival, the musician said Winstone had been interested in the role back when Bunny Munro was a screenplay. "He really loved the script when we first handed it to him," Cave said. "He was really excited about it, and really distressed when it kinda tanked and never got made."
According to Empire Cave believes Winstone's ability to take on the role was demonstrated in "The Proposition", where Winstone played the beleaguered Captain Stanley.
"Ray let himself go for that particular part," Cave, who wrote it, explains. "He was drinking and kind of out of shape and looking pretty rough, but he had this kind of magnetism about him where all the women involved were weak at the knees when Ray was around. And when he speaks everyone cranes towards him: he has this kind of pull which is really extraordinary."
John Hillcoat "will be directing, hopefully", which Empire took as a nod to Hillcoat's assertion last year that "we’re going to try and wake up the BBC or Channel 4, and say to British television, look at HBO. I mean what the hell are you doing?”
A full-length feature film is also potentially in the works.