You don’t adapt novels but rather the enduring sensation that they leave you with. There’s one thing that people rarely talk about and yet is vital in our lives: dreaming. I don’t mean night dreams but daydreams. They are man’s best companion, wonders of existence. Thoughts often travel through them and then settle. Reading also does this: the eyes leave the page for a second and we’re off on a thousand journeys, a thousand projects. That said, a film isn’t a dream.
But at the origins of a film, there is this feeling, like ‘déjà-vu’, like ‘a memory of the present’.
Then, through the writing and shooting stages, you investigate this feeling of ‘déjà-vu’.