Over the past two and a half years since I've started my blog (wow, has it really been that long?!) I have mentioned several times that my absolute favourite book of all time (excluding The Bible, of course - it's so much more than just a book) is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.
This book has sold millions of copies and is such a huge fan favourite that, naturally, there have been talks about a possible movie version. Personally I have never been particularly in favour of a movie version - because the book is so amazing; it will be really hard for a film version to live up to the magnificence of the novel.
Nevertheless, I have always wondered what Ms Rivers' view on the issue is, and in a new interview with www.Christian.co.uk, she addresses this topic:
One of Francine’s books, The Last Sin Eater, has been made into a film. She’s had countless offers from producers asking to do the same with Redeeming Love, but Francine has demands that must be met first.
“I would have creative control, I would read the script and be able to approve it. When they make the movie I get to see the final cut, which means they can’t cut anything afterwards. I would be able to decide: ‘Is it honoring to the story and honoring to the Lord?’ And if it’s not, I can remove my name from the project. There aren’t any Hollywood producers that are willing to go along with that which is fine with me. It won’t be a movie. With Redeeming Love they could turn it into something pornographic so the important thing is to get the message across and being honoring to God.” Interview by Sam Hailes.
Redeeming Love is based on the Bible’s account of Hosea. The story follows Angel, who was sold into prostitution as a child. As an adult she meets Michael Hosea – a man who obeys God’s call to marry Angel and love her unconditionally. The subject matter is such that it would therefore be very easy for the wrong production studio to make a complete mockery of what is truly an inspiring love story that glorifies God.
What a relief to find how strongly Rivers feels about having so much control over a movie version! I am thrilled to find that she is just as passionate about this story (which she also considers her favourite of all the works she's done), and that she won't allow a film version to be made just for the sake of it - she will fight for the final product to glorify God, just as her lovely novel does.