A movie based on Ernest Hemingway’s second posthumously published novel, The Garden of Eden, will hit theaters on December 10, via Roadside Attractions. Adapted by James Scott Linville from the controversial edit of the unfinished novel (published in 1986), Hemingway’s Garden of Eden is directed by John Irvin and stars Mena Suvari (American Beauty) and Jack Huston (grandson of director John) as a jazz age couple on their honeymoon in Europe, as the increasingly restless new bride questions and tests her husband’s love. Caterina Murino, Richard E. Grant, Matthew Modine and Carmen Maura also star in the 1920s romance.
Hemingway is “one of a handful of genius writers,” states Roadside co-president Howard Cohen, whose writing translates “from the page to the screen brilliantly.” Hemingway’s The Garden of Eden is considered his most autobiographical work and a departure from his earlier oeuvre, given its erotic overtones and themes of gender reversal. According to Hemingway biographer James Mellow, the story was inspired by Hemingway’s honeymoon with his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, following his divorce from Hadley Richardson.