Jackson Rathbone and Erika Christensen have signed on to star in the feature adaptation of the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel The Idiot. The thriller centers on “a man of pure spirit who thinks he can save the world but is caught between a wildly beautiful and fragile woman, a woman he is falling in love with and a friend who is trying to destroy him.” Variety reports Paul Williams will direct with an eye toward a September shoot in Los Angeles. Donald Kushner (Tron: Legacy) will produce. Intandem Films is currently shopping the package to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival.
Several notable international filmmakers have taken on The Idiot. Akira Kurosawa filmed a sprawling 265-minute adaptation in two parts that was eventually cut down for release. As one of Russia’s preeminent directors, Andrei Tarkovsky likely would have produced the definitive version, but he died before he could start work on it. As far as I can tell, this is the first major English-language attempt to adapt The Idiot.