Kirsten Dunst Stars in Adaptation of Murakami’s “The Second Bakery Attack”

Mexican writer/director Carlos Cuarón (Y tu mamá también, Rudo Y Cursi) has adapted Haruki Murakami’s “The Second Bakery Attack” into a short film starring Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) and Kirsten Dunst (Bring It On). The story is one of the my favorite from Murakami’s The Elephant Vanishes - you can read it here.

The story is perfect for a short film, but the trailer (below) left me wanting, and worried. Cuarón is incredibly talented, but this story has a detached dreaminess that might have been better handled by someone else. Maybe Sophie Coppola on one of her less-dreamy days. I can’t believe I just wrote that.

It’s unclear when the “The Second Bakery Attack” will come out, but Anh Hung Tran’s adaptation of Murakami’s Norwegian Wood will be released in Japan in less than two weeks. Sadly, there’s no release date for America.

This proliferation of Murakami movies has io9 wondering if Murakami will replace Philip K. Dick as “Hollywood’s idea spigot.” There’s certainly plenty of material to work with. I can’t believe David Lynch hasn’t gone after The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, or that the mumblecore crew hasn’t jumped (slumped) on any of his other short stories. The problem seems to be that Murakami isn’t very interested in having his work adapted. He should stop resisting, or just start writing screenplays himself. (Via io9)

Anya’s writing has appeared in Esquire, Budget Travel, Noon, West Branch Wired, Ploughshares, Mod Art, Guernica and Elimae. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program and teaches writing i ...read more

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