Grey Water Park Productions, the company behind 2007’s Bob Dylan-inspired I’m Not There and 2003’s Masked and Anonymous, which co-starred the man himself, have sold the rights for a film based on his 1975 masterpiece, Blood on the Tracks, according to reports (via The Playlist). Brazil’s RT Features are set to adapt the LP’s many themes — namely of course, its tale of bitterness, confusion, and heartbreak amid a dissolving relationship — for the big screen, with a writer/director team to be determined. “Our goal is to work with a filmmaker who can create a classic drama with characters and an environment that capture the feelings that the album inspires in all fans,” said producer Rodrigo Teixeira.
While the project is only in its early, uncertain stages (a similar 2010 plan to adapt “Brownsville Girl” has yet to see the light of day), I’m thoroughly intrigued by the potential here — if only due to Blood on the Tracks being an album I’ve spent more time with than almost any other. That said, its 1976 follow-up, Desire, would make for an adventurous final act, as well. It’s hard to imagine that a film take on the utterly heart-wrenching cut “Sara” wouldn’t be worth the cost of admission. Perhaps they’ll save it for the sequel.
In the meantime, enjoy a video of Dylan performing opening track “Tangled Up In blue” in 1974 below: