In the new film, Manhattan
Night, which is available On Demand, in theaters and on Digital HD, Adrien Brody plays a
crime reporter sucked into a tale of sex, murder and blackmail as he
investigates the mysterious death of a film director.
The role is just one of many to be adapted from a novel --
in this case, Manhattan Nocturne by
Colin Harrison -- for Brody, whose work still remains as varied since some of
his earliest work in The Thin Red Line.
The Terrence Malick film was based on the novel by James Jones.
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Figuring out how faithful to be to the original text has
been the downfall of many adaptations, but successfully avoided here. “Brian [DeCubellis]
crafted a beautiful screenplay adaptation of the novel and worked closely with
Colin,” Brody tells ET. “He really came to me with some of the most well-written
characters and stories I've read in ages, so there was no work for me to do in
Instead of having to worry about the text, Brody could focus
on his performance. “He gave me the ammunition to portray a nuanced family man
who makes a mistake and gets in way over his head,” Brody adds.
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Any added pressure of adapting the film came from stepping
up as a producer of Manhattan Night,
which Brody did to help finance the project. “I first became involved several years
back, when I was offered a role in the film,” he says. “They were struggling
with getting the movie made, so ultimately I decided to come on board as a