The Sparrow on AMC?

Mary Doria Russell’s novel The Sparrow has almost been made into a movie twice. Now there is news that AMC is interested in turning it into a TV series. The novel explores religious themes in a fascinating way. Dare we hope that this time it might happen? And if it does, will it do justice to the original?

TOR.com has a nice piece on the religious component and other considerations related to the possibility of an AMC series.

  • Just Sayin’

    What did you think of her Jesuit main character? I found him completely unbelievable.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      I really liked the characters – finally a book where they are mostly academics!

  • http://twitter.com/umjeremy Rev. Jeremy Smith

    Ugh. I couldn’t handle the book. Got through about 30% and had to pass on other books. Just so slow…sorry if that tarnishes my scifi-theo cred.

    • Just Sayin’

      Me too. I tried hard — gave it at least 100 pages but the Jesuit seemed boring and unbelievable, and the author was preaching too hard with his (the Jesuit’s) “wounded” character.

  • Ogre Magi

    I’ll say this about the book, that priest sure got it IN THE END

  • Harriet

    I thought this book was brilliant, and would make a good tv show. When it comes to hard truths about love, race, religion, and ethics, it takes more than a couple pages to explain. Especially when there are two or more sides to the story. That is the reason you have to read past the first 30%.

    Emelio is a complicated character. He goes through phases, but he’s altogether a good person. It makes him a great tv main character. Besides that, I think he is an (no necessarily archetypal but) admirable human being.

    Also, this book had amazing conversations to highlight in a tv show. Intelligent, hilarious conversation. MDR is a fantastically witty author.


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