The Bronze Horseman film update

November 20, 2013



Hello readers,

I know you have all been asking me for updates on any news with the film. I have a little I can tell you about the screenplay. Over the summer I did what I thought was an impossible task: I cut a 220 page script to 150 pages, to make our Bronze Horseman movie 2.5 hours long. I managed to do this while leaving most of the things I love about the story in it.

And then the best thing happened after the producer and director read the new version. They both said, that was good, but you’ve cut too much. Have any words been sweeter to a writer? We now need you to put stuff back, they said, and to write a new scene here and a new scene there, and reinsert this joke and this line and this character. Well, if you insist, I said.

So that’s what I’m doing now. Once I’m done, the plan is to go into pre-pre-production in December and into pre-production in March. Dare we hope, production by summertime?


68 Responses to “The Bronze Horseman film update”

  1. Joanna says:

    Fantastic news!

  2. Julia Zuniga says:

    So exciting – cannot wait!!

  3. Karen says:

    Great news – really can’t wait! Would it be too much to ask you to request Henry Cavill as Alexander??? lol!

  4. Trish says:

    So excited! This is my favorite book of all time. Seriously! In fact I own 3 copies. Hardback, paperback & kindle version. One of my co-workers and good friends is on a cruise now. Before she left, she asked if I could recommend a book to take. I told her I have JUST the perfect book. Can’t wait for her to return & tell me she loves it too. And now I can give her info on a movie version! Yay!!

  5. Jacqueline jones says:

    Wonderful news, and even better that you have had to put bits back. Can’t wait, roll on summer xxx

  6. Antonella says:

    Oh my god I’m going to be sick. It’s wonderful news.

  7. Pia says:

    GREAT NEWS!!!! Thanks Paullina!

  8. OMG I can’t breathe!!!!!!! Best news of all time!!! This made my entire YEAR!!! There is no story that will ever compare to this one ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  9. Naline says:

    So excited! More words= more of the original vision

  10. Liliana says:

    Ya estoy pensando en Alexander & Tatiana
    Fantástico !!!!

  11. Cassandra says:

    I’m so excited!!

  12. victoria says:

    I can’t wait that long!!!!! ahhhhhhh!!!!!!

  13. Marisa says:

    What a wonderful compliment for you, so excited!! :)

  14. Brittany says:

    This is wonderful news!!!! Yay!!!!

  15. Tina says:

    I feel like crying!!! Overjoyed! Every so often I visit the trilogy, right now im reading The Summer Garden for the millionth time! Love these characters so much. Thank you Paullina, cant wait!!! :)

  16. Mana says:

    Great news! I only ask you to to request em to be faithful to the book. I wouldn’t stand if they ruin such a precious book, story. This is one of my favorites ever.

  17. melissa says:

    That’s great!

  18. Carol says:

    FANTASTIC news! I can’t believe they said to add more! That never happens! LOVE IT! The more Shura and Tatiana, the better!! :)

  19. marina says:

    Love it! The more Tatiana and Alexander the better!

  20. Rohma A Akram says:

    That is great news. Good Luck. I have finished reading Children of Liberty for the second time. And now looking forward to Six Days in Leningrad tonight. All the best with the script hope the production starts by summer xx

  21. Zili says:

    I am so happy The Bronze Horseman is the best book i have ever read! Henry Cavill would be a great Alexander but you know best :)

  22. Dee says:

    Thank you soooo much for the update Paulina!! Im so glad it is in the works , amd I KNOW it will be a perfect film. Im so happy you choose to stay true to the story and trust that even if you have to snip and cut at the story you do so in a way that still brings shura and tatia alive as we know and love them.

  23. christi says:

    *happy, excited tears* This book may have well been a true story for as real as the characters are to me! I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

  24. Bec says:

    When casting please consider the following option.

    Do not cast a big name?
    We could all come up with names of “famous” people who fit the bill for us. But no matter who you cat there will always be disagreement.

    Cast an unknown!
    I have no doubts this movie will be a success, and that women the world over will flock to it & watch it more than once. Much as every person who has read your incredible novel has devoured it over & over. I have NEVER heard a baf word said about it.

    • Bec says:

      Oops hit submit before I was finished.

      So cast unknowns & then do not release the names or photos. Make people walk in to the cinema with no prior knowledge. As they did when they first opened the book. Let the audience fall in love with Tatia & Shura all over again without prejudice. All marketing prior to release should just have the actual Statue, & gardens etc.

      Anyway just my two cents.

  25. Maria says:

    Amazing news!!! Happy dance!!!!! My wish came true!!
    Congrats Paullina! I’m so happy (& relieved) you’re writing the screenplay as you are an incredible storyteller. I read all three TBH books, while pregnant, in 2 days; I called in sick to work to do so, but in my defense, I was an emotional wreck!! TBH is my holy grail, I even named my son Alexander, my love!!
    As for casting, if I may put my two cents in, Isabel Lucas would make the most perfect Tatiana. She is exactly how I picture Tatiana to look like; innocent, delicate, sweet, beautiful. As for Alexander, good luck! I haven’t found him yet.
    Best of luck!!! I can’t wait to see TBH on the big screen.

  26. Donatella says:

    Fantastic news Faullina!!!!!!! A big kiss from Italy!!!!

  27. Paullina! Congratulations! What a heart-wrenching task for you, cutting the script. I know, were it me, it would be one of the hardest jobs asked of me, and as a fellow author (no, nowhere your league, just a beginner) I know that, once written, every single line has its place inside you, every word as significant and indelible as the next, and I can sympathize and understand the elation – and RELIEF – you must have had when they said, “Hmm. No. Won’t do. We need more.” Phew! Talk about best words ever! I’m so happy for you. And incredibly jealous. What a fabulous, admirable, inspired, and inspiring person you are. Tatiana and Alexander are the most wonderful, complex beings ever created, and I strive for the unreachable mark of your perfection in their creation. Good luck with the movie. If it’s half as good as the book, it will be one of the best movies ever made. x

  28. Da Costa says:

    It’s alsom i’m so happy and exited. Henry cavill will be an amazing Alexandre

  29. Kate says:

    Fantastic news. I will be watching this on its first screening if I can. Can’t wait.

  30. Maricelys says:

    I can’t wait!! This is the most beautiful love story I have read :)

  31. Marcelle says:

    So excited (: I’m sure it will be my favorite movie of all time – just as the novel is my favorite of all time!
    I just came across a new actress by the name of Erin Moriarty. She is exactly as I picture Tatiana. She may be worth looking into!

    • Camille says:

      Hi Marcelle! I googled Erin Moriarty. I think she is pretty but imagine yourself seeing her for the first time, across the street, eating ice cream. I don’t think I would cross the street to get to know her if I were Shura. I like Chloe Moretz. She’s blonde, she’s not tall, she has green eyes and full lips, not to mention a breathtaking smile. And she’s only 16. Waddya think? And who would you like to play Alexander? :) <3

  32. Elizabeth says:

    Great news!! I really hope this film is a success and it is so great to hear that you are writing the screenplay – I was worried that it was going to become overdeveloped and hollywood-ised.. The actors, though, I think will play a big part in the movie success. Henry Cavill would look really good as Shura because he is so tall, dark, and handsome! For Tatiana though – I think the actress needs to be kind of unknown… And obviously small, pretty, blonde, thin, cheeky, intelligent, innocent, etc. Maybe she could have an English accent to reflect her European heritage? Or even a Russian accent? And Alexander an American one? Mia Wasikowska would be REALLY good as Tatiana! She’s an Australian actress and she was in the 2011 ‘Jane Eyre’ film if you wanted a reference. I think she would bring a freshness and innocence to the role and have the whole European look and feel – but you’d have to screen-test her to see if you like her.
    I wish I could help out in the pre-production/production of the film – or even all of the production! Haha
    I can’t wait to hear more news about the film and I hope this helps!! (Hopefully you read this…) Lizzy

  33. Nina says:

    Oh god I cannot wait, best love story ever written, I have goosebumps. Henry Cavill to play Alexander xx

  34. Kelly says:

    Brilliant news Paullina :) . Dreaming of Shura on the big screen. Just reread TSG again.

  35. Fernanda says:

    Dear, Paullina,

    You have so many fans in Brazil. I just LOVE your books. We are so excited about the movie news.

    In my opinion, I think DOUGLAS BOOTH will be a wonderful Alexander.

    Have you ever think about it, folks?

    • Bellabon says:

      Congratulations Paullina! I am so excited and am ‘waiting impatiently’ to see this movie!!

      I agree that Douglas Booth would be a great Alexander!

      Please please please don’t cast Henry cavill as Shura. He is a great actor, but he is not young enough or fresh enough for Alexander.

  36. Regina says:

    OMG! Finallyyyy that’s great news!! The more Tatia and Shura the better <3. The mere idea of knowing who will be casted by summertime overjoys me to no end! Thank you Paullina! :)

  37. Elisha says:

    This is absolutely fabulous news Paullina! I am looking forward to the movie and can only hope I love it as much as this series!

  38. Lil says:

    Thank you so much for the new information

    I am looking forward to the movie and really just can’t wait for it.

    It will be great!!!

  39. Sue S says:

    My own love affair started when I first saw the book Bronze Horseman! They both became like family to me, can’t wait for the movie

  40. Lucile says:

    These are great news, I’m so excited too !!!! These days I’m reading again the trilogy, in french and in english, and I think the original version is the best because there are many cuts in the french translation…

    Thank you Paullina for sharing with us such good news, and especially for sharing such a great love story like Tatiana and Alexander’s. I’m french and it’s also my favourite love story since I read it for the first time seven years ago !!!!

    I hope I could read all your books, because I also loved “The Girl in Times Square” and I’m about to buy “Six days in Leningrad”. So thanks again for that, I’m in love with your novels and I hope your success will be going on!! You deserves it!!!

  41. Lucile says:

    I have some questions I forgot. Where can I buy the book “Tatiana’s table” ?? Unfortunately I came too late when it was published… or someone could scan me a part of it?

    Thanks again

    Best regards from France, hope you’ll come here one day!!

  42. Camille says:

    CANNOT WAIT! I do not mind watching a 6-hour movie so long as it is ZE BRONZE HORSEMAN. 2014 is so far away!!! Can’t wait to be blushing, sighing, clutching my seat, screaming, and crying buckets in the cinema. No casting news yet? I am kinda digging Alex Pettyfer as Shura tho he needs to bulk up a little more. and Chloe Grace Moretz as Tania. <3

  43. Summertime says:

    I have loved your books. And am looking forward to a film adaptation.

    Emilia Clarke I think is the only one for Tania

    Liam Hemsworth (Right age and right physical appearance)
    Henry Cavill
    Chris Hemsworth
    or Jake Gyllenhaal
    Several options for Shura.

  44. mwasiti julia jordan says:

    I really love this book so much can you please put Alex Pettyfer as Alexander

  45. zoey lena says:

    Please can Alex Pettyfer Act As Alexander,Anna Popewell act as Tatianaand Dylan Sprayberry As Shura.i hope you can give these actor a chance cause their rarely in movies especially Dylan Sprayberry and Anna Popewell

  46. June says:

    The Bronze Horseman is one of my favorite books of all times! I just got Tatiana and Alexander to read and am waiting for the third book in the series now. I’m excited about the movie, but I’ve never seen a movie that was better than the original book! Hope it is a great success. You are a wonderful writer.

  47. Jess says:

    Have you thought of Eddie Redmayne for Alexander?? Watch the movie Birdsong!

  48. Cassandra says:

    I’m so excited I stopped breathing for a minute there.

  49. Briohny says:

    Thank you for the update!! Wonderful news! I am so pleased you have maintained creative control over your film adaptation of the book. Casting hey! Don’t want THAT job! I have been searching for Alexander for over two years online and on all the streets of Melbourne and have come up with nothing. Henry Cavill could perhaps play Alexander in your third film The Summer Garden! He’s unfortunately too old for TBH Alexander. Someone here mentioned Isabel Lucus for Tatiana and I agree…perfect!
    Can I play the role of one of the villagers who stumble across Shura and Tatia half naked after doing the laundry in the Kama? Non speaking part, promise I won’t stuff it up!

    Please keep us updated! Great news!

    • Martine says:

      You know what I never would have even thought of Isabel Lucas but now thats in my head she would be PERFECT!!!! Great Idea :)

  50. Sally says:

    Oh wow I’m soooooo excited!!!! Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later. Congrats Paullina!! I first read TBH over 15 years ago when the male bookshop owner, in rural Victoria, Australia, recommended it to me. I’m forever grateful to him for such an amazing recommendation. I remember finishing TBH (a good year or two before the second book came out in Oz) on a Christmas day morning. Well I was so upset for the whole day. I felt like someone I knew and loved had died. I was balling my eyes out!!! A few years later I almost hugged the bookshop guy when I spotted TSG. Thank you so much Paullina for such an amazing story that’s so dear to our hearts.

  51. Dezi says:

    The best books EVER written, in my humble opinion. Couldn’t read again for ages after finishing these books because I knew nothing would ever compare ever again! Great job and can’t wait for the movie/s…..I actually said that this story would make a great movie and it actually will be now. Yay!

  52. Julia says:

    I am so excited about this, I can’t actually wait! It was the best book I’ve ever read but I think any actors already in Hollywood shouldn’t really be cast. I think there should be an open casting and it would be more likely to result in the perfect casting of Tatiana and Alexander. Personally, I’ve always pictured Dasha to be Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil in Downton Abbey) and perhaps a Rupert Friend look alike as Alexander.

  53. Amy says:

    So excited! Can’t wait. Best book of all time.

  54. Martine says:

    Amazing news, the movie is going to be an epic! Is it just the first book? Will we be expecting others? I am beside myself with happiness!

  55. Eliza says:

    Absolutely the best early Christmas gift! I first read TBH last January. I’d never read anything of yours before. It changed my life – your writing changed my life. I’ve since devoured all of your books except for Tatiana’s Table, but it’s on my wishlist. Six Days in Leningrad made me cry all over again. It’s one of my favorite books of yours, and of any memoir I’ve ever read. Your writing is just absolutely exquisite. Thank you for sharing your gift, for inspiring so many of us. Thank you for writing.

  56. Kellie says:

    Oh my gosh, I screamed!!
    This is super exciting.
    Please please please say they’ll film in St Petersburg!?
    I went there for my 24th birthday because of this book!!

  57. Li yah says:

    After I reed the book I was so existed when I this blog
    I was so happy this is going to happend , so I told all my friends about it
    First I asked them to read it and then I told them about the movie
    And just like me , now they can’t wait …..:)
    Thank you Paullina Simons for writing The Bronze HorseMan ,Alexander and Tatiana , and the garden summer .

  58. Natalie says:

    You can always do a 2 or 3 movie set to make it right and great!

  59. Lynessa says:

    I am thrilled to hear that there will be a movie:)
    I trust that you, Paullina will ensure that the movie does not deviate from this glorious book. You have described everything so vividly that getting it wrong in the movie will be difficult. The trilogy as been the most touching experience of my life and i find it hard to believe Tatiana and Shura aren’t real.

    Alexander can only be played by Henry Cavill, anyone else will real break it.

    Thank you for the experience.

  60. Raheema says:

    I absolutely love love love this book & am so happy that it is being adapted into a film – Alexander & Tatiana’s love just overwhelms me & at times I’m just holding my breath whenever they’re together

    Although I never thought this before, but Henry Cavill would be a good choice for Alexander , I also think Ben Barnes would be good
    hmm

  61. Kim says:

    I am so excited ‘The Bronze Horseman’ is going to be made into a movie – I read this book every Summer and never get tired of it. I have also just finished ‘Bellagrand’ and loved knowing everything that happened prior to Alexander and his family being in Russia. I think I will now read ‘The Bronze Horseman’ again with these new insights into Alexander and his family.
    For the role of Tatiana, Australian actresses Samara Weaving and Margot Robbie might be worth a look!