How do you adapt an incisive book into a 114 minute film with a cohesive story line and compelling characters? Fast Food Nation‘s author changed his style from carefully annotated, investigative journalism into a character driven fiction piece in his own screen adapation of the 2001 best seller. With the successes of Super Size Me, and Farenheit 9/11, why not craft a documentary?
Santa Monica public radio station KCRW aired this interview with writer Eric Schlosser and director Richard Linklater on today’s The Business. The film makers describe the creative challenges of the adaptation, and those of financing and distributing a controversial fim through a Hollywood machine so closely allied with fast food corporations.
Fast Food Nation premiers in the US this Friday, November 17 with a cast of lesser known leads and star studded appearances by Bruce Willis, Greg Kinnear, Patricia Arquette, Luis Guzmán, Ethan Hawke, Kris Kristofferson, and Avril Lavigne to name but a few.