In a world where many people aren't too keen on voracious reading, Haruki Murakami exists in an ultra-rare common ground that bringsliterary fiends together with casual readers, in what the Virginia Quarterly Review describes as "easily accessible, yet profoundly complex" writing (Wikipedia intro). But even with worldwide, far-reaching popularity, Murakami has been pretty particular about adaptations of his work, only allowing a few short films to get made. Until now, that is.

Finally, HK is getting the feature treatment, should planning go well. Variety reports that French-Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung is planning to adapt Norwegian Wood. I would imagine that a script must have been whipped up, although there is no mention of it in the report, because they're already looking to get this into production in Japan this February, for a 2010 release.

If you happen to be one of the few who is unfamiliar with the story, the novel focuses on a man named Toru Watanabe who is catapulted to memories of his youth in the '60s when he hears an orchestral version of "Norwegian Wood" in Germany. As a teen, he was friends with Kizuki and Naoko, until Kizuki kills himself and the two remaining friends tried to deal with the shocking loss. The pair fall in love, consummate the relationship, and then Naoko quits school and heads to a sanitarium to try and deal with her problems. Toru, meanwhile, starts to fall for Naoko's opposite -- an outgoing girl called Midori.

In the meantime, you can watch a short film based on one of Murakami's best short stories, On seeing the 100% perfect girl on beautiful April morning, here.