31 May 2012 1:34 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

It's finally, really happening.

Philip Roth's 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "American Pastoral," often considered the 79-year-old legend's masterpiece, is being made into a movie. After years of dithering by various Hollywood executives who'd purchased the adaptation rights, it's now in the capable hands of producer Tom Rosenberg, the head of production company Lakeshore Entertainment, who won a Best Picture Oscar for "Million Dollar Baby." When it's released -- hopefully in fall of 2013, Rosenberg told the Huffington Post -- it'll be the third Philip Roth novel he's brought to the big screen.

We Roth fans should be excited right now. But it's hard not to feel some trepidation.

Rosenberg's other two Roth adaptations were mixed successes at best. The first, "The Human Stain," was widely criticized for its dicey casting -- people were upset to learn that Anthony Hopkins was playing protagonist Coleman Silk, a professor nursing tortured feelings about his African-American heritage. »

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