‘What Maisie Knew’ Makes for Novel Talk at Premiere

The Millennium pic screened May 2 at Landmark Sunshine

What Maisie Knew Premiere Party
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Classic lit was the topic at the Gotham preem of “What Maisie Knew,” adapted and updated from the Henry James novel about a little girl stuck in the middle of her parents’ divorce.

“It struck a chord with me because I was going through a similar situation,” said Carroll Cartwright, who co-authored the script with Nancy Doyne. “I remembered the book from having read it in college. It wasn’t difficult at all. The script wrote itself.”

The Millennium pic screened May 2 at Landmark Sunshine, then guests journeyed to the rooftop of the McKittrick Hotel for the afterparty, where helmer David Siegel talked about a favorite Patricia Highsmith novel.

“I was looking into adapting ‘The Blunderer,’ but I recently heard someone else is doing it, which is good,” said Siegel, who co-directed “Maisie” with Scott McGehee.

McGehee would like to bring Highsmith’s “This Sweet Sickness” to the screen. “I actually think it may be too dark for today, which is sad,” he said.

Exec producer Riva Marker disclosed her interest in an Ernest Hemingway novel.

“I’ve started to explore ‘A Moveable Feast’ as an adaptation because we’re drawn to stories that are challenging and have a point of view,” said Marker, who recently launched a film fund called Dover Shore Capital with partners.

Julianne Moore, who plays a rock star mom in “Maisie,” is a fan of Theodore Dreiser’s “Sister Carrie.”

“It is dramatic and filmable. I’ve always wanted to see it onscreen, but I’m too old to play a part in it,” she noted.

PS: Moore should check out William Wyler’s 1952 version starring Jennifer Jones and Laurence Olivier, titled “Carrie.”