The Academy Awards writers branch has deemed that the script for the movie 'Bright Star,' which tells the story of Romantic poetry icon John Keats and Fanny Brawne, is an adapted screenplay and not an original one, according to a report in the The Wrap. Play on, script of 'Bright Star,' thou ye be adapted and not original.
The Academy Awards writers branch has deemed that the script for the movie 'Bright Star,' which tells the story of Romantic poetry icon John Keats and Fanny Brawne, is an adapted screenplay and not an original one, according to a report in the The Wrap.
The studio, Apparition, has been pushing it as an original screenplay and the Gurus O' Gold, a team of print and online movie critics, picked it as the eighth most-likely original Academy screenplay nominee.
Jane Campion is the writer and director and she was inspired to write the original script for 'Bright Star' by Keats' poetry and an Andrew Motion biography of Keats, according to The Wrap report. There is very little existing documentation about Brawne, a neighbor of Keats who was romantically involved with the poet; information beyond that is lost in the mists of time.
Along with Shakespeare's mysterious Dark Lady and Helen of Troy, Brawne is one of the most vexing females in literary history.
'Bright Star,' starring Ben Whishaw as Keats and Abbie Cornish as Brawne, is told through the point of view of Brawne.
The field for best adapted screenplay includes 'Up in the Air,' 'An Education,' 'Precious,' 'Julie & Julia,' 'A Single Man,' 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' and 'District 9,' -- a pretty tough crowd. The categorization of 'Bright Star' as adapted decreases its chances severely for a nomination.
The writers branch has been a stickler in the past for what constitutes an original screenplay, with exceptions being 'Milk,' 'The Queen' and 'The Aviator,' all of which depicted real-life characters.
'Bright Star' is the highest-profile work to be classified in a category other than the one suggested by its studio, according to the report.
The title 'Bright Star' is also the name of a famous Keats sonnet. Keats died in 1821 at age 25 of tuberculosis.