As many people know by now, author Eric Schlosser’s best-selling book, Fast Food Nation, has been made into a feature film, directed by Richard Linklater. With a wonderful ensemble of very strong actors, Fox Searchlight will release Fast Food Nation this weekend. Wayne Allen Brenner, for this week’s Austin Chronicle, chats with Schlosser about his involvement in the film adaptation of his work:
Austin Chronicle: Do you think it’s more effective, in getting information disseminated to a bunch of people, to do it in book form or in movie form?
Eric Schlosser: You know, I can only speak for myself. I am a writer. I believe in the word on the page, and I believe in books. There’s no one way to do things. I started out as a playwright, then I was a novelist, then I actually worked for a film company in New York; I was a screenwriter before I was a journalist. And for people who really love filmmaking, film is the right medium. For me, I love writing, so I’m committed to writing books. Sometimes when a film is made from a book, it’s a horrible thing; it would be better that no film would ever be made. So, once Rick really decided to do this, I slept soundly at night. When you have somebody whose work you respect making a film based on your own work – that’s how it should be.