Fisher Stevens will direct “American Pastoral” for Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. John Romano (Lakeshore and SKE’s “Lincoln Lawyer) adapted the first novel in Philip Roth’s post-war trilogy about the destruction of the American dream. Lakeshore also produced “The Human Stain” in 2003 from the same trilogy. Stevens is currently directing “Stand Up Guys” with Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin. More on the “American Pastoral” plot below. Roth’s novel “The Dying Animal” was also given the big screen treatment; Penelope Cruz and Ben Kinsley starred in the adaptation “Elegy,” directed by Isabel Coixet.
American Pastoral is a pivotal story depicting the destruction of the American dream. Protagonist Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete, grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. Swede’s seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and commits a savage act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.