Tommy Lee Jones to Visit "Islands in the Stream"
Thu, 15 May 2008 10:11:50
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Tommy Lee Jones is nothing if not a workhorse. The actor has agreed to adapt, produce, direct, and star in the feature film version of Ernest Hemingway's Islands in the Stream. The novel was published almost a decade after the acclaimed American author's suicide in 1961.
Morgan Freeman, who often serves as the voice of reason in his films, and John Goodman, who rose to fame as dedicated husband and father Dan Connor in the massively popular '90s sitcom Roseanne, are in discussions to join the cast.
The book is about protagonist Thomas Hudson, an emotionally complex painter and former Naval officer who moves to the Bahamas after World War II.
Jones is no stranger to taking on multiple jobs in his films. Islands in the Stream would mark the second time that Jones has produced, directed, and starred in a film. The actor performed all three functions in 2005's little seen, yet fantastic Southwest drama, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.
Production is slated to begin in Puerto Rico in March 2009. Kudos to TLJ for being an inspirational Renaissance man, involving himself in all facets of this film.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff