It’s going to be tough, but apparently after decades of reluctance, Francine Rivers has given her approval for a movie. She’s always been reluctant because she feared surrendering such a sensitive book into the hands of others, but apparently she has found the right partners with Cantinas Entertainment, who will soon begin developing a script and casting for a movie, which will likely be made for television.
I can understand Ms. Rivers’ reluctance. Redeeming Love is a powerful, gritty, and difficult experience even to read….it will be hard to translate this subject onto the screen. I have to admit a touch of reluctant skepticism. I am not sure there has ever been a novel that tackles the themes of self-loathing, despair, and ultimately a shining, glorious redemption so beautifully. My hunch is that this is easier to do via the pages of a novel than on film, but I’m willing to be convinced.
The fact remains that television and the cinema reach more people than novels. If Redeeming Love finds a new audience through this movie, that is all to the good! I wish this project well, and will keep folks updated as more information is released.