Clint Eastwood Illustration by Thomas Fuchs
March 27, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

Mystic River

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
137 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/08/03
Wide Release Date
10/15/03
performer
Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney, Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Spencer Treat Clark, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Guiry
director
Clint Eastwood
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Brian Helgeland
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

Critical acclaim. Great sales. Paramount buying his novel ”Gone, Baby, Gone” as a possible franchise for Ben Affleck. The New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl. If Dennis Lehane didn’t have enough wicked cool stuff going on, now Clint Eastwood is set to make a film of the Boston-based crime writer’s ”Mystic River.” ”We weren’t going to sell, but when Eastwood came along, I said sure. It’s Clint! I mean, what are you gonna do?” says Lehane. ”He’s shooting ‘Blood Work’ right now and the way I understand it, I’m next.” Don’t look for Lehane to take a crack at the screenplay, however. ”Oh no. Noooo. No, no, no, no, no. F— no!” he says, laughing. ”I’ve done two adaptations of my own work and swore I would never do them again. It’s like a lawyer representing himself. We got [‘L.A. Confidential’ coscreenwriter] Brian Helgeland.” Besides, Lehane is finishing his next book, ”Missing Dolores,” due in early 2003. ”It’s another stand-alone, set in the same fictional [Boston] neighborhood as ”Mystic River.” There’s some overlap…but there are no continuing characters.”

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