17 May 2012 9:56 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Academy Award-winner Fisher Stevens will direct American Pastoral for Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (Ske). The project is based on Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name. Screenwriter John Romano (The Lincoln Lawyer, Intolerable Cruelty) adapted the screenplay.

American Pastoral is a pivotal story depicting the destruction of the American dream. Protagonist Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father's business. Swede's seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and commits a savage act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.

The book is the first novel in Philip Roth's American postwar trilogy that also includes I Married a Communist and The Human Stain. This will mark Lakeshore Entertainment's third project with Roth-The Human Stain was released in 2003 and Elegy (based on The Dying Animal »


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