Next Up on Hollywood’s Travel Book Adaptation List: ‘Eat, Pray, Love’

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  01.18.07 | 12:38 PM ET


Julia Roberts is on board to play the lead in Elizabeth Gilbert’s critically acclaimed bestseller “Eat, Pray, Love,” which World Hum books editor Frank Bures calls hilarious, moving and deeply engaging. Will a movie version of the book work? Bures, who also interviewed Gilbert for Poets & Writers, thinks it could. “It’s hard to say how much the film will resemble the travel book, but Julia Roberts is a fine actress,” Bures says. “She might not be quite as funny or quick-witted as Gilbert, but I’m sure she’ll be great. You can’t really lose with Julia Roberts playing you.”

Bures continues:

No doubt it will be good for tourism in Italy, India and Indonesia, too. Maybe there will be a raft of people going off to find themselves. The world would be a better place if more people really engaged the world like Gilbert did in “Eat, Pray, Love.”

It’s also time we can officially call Hollywood’s interest in travel books and travel writers a trend. In recent years we’ve seen the excellent adaptation of The Motorcycle Diaries and an underwhelming version of “Under the Tuscan Sun.” Author Franz Wisner sold the screenplay rights to “Honeymoon with My Brother” to Sony’s Columbia Pictures. Also: John Cusack is also set to play a travel writer in an adaptation of a Stephen King short story.

1 Comment for Next Up on Hollywood’s Travel Book Adaptation List: ‘Eat, Pray, Love’

Jennyfer 07.26.08 | 5:29 PM ET

I liked the book, besides I like Julia Roberts incredibly, so it should be something!

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