Saturday, November 12, 2011

New Independent Production of Summer

An independent feature adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1917 classic Summer is planned for 2012. In development since 2010, Summer has been adapted for the screen by Carl J.Sprague - - film designer and verteran of several projects based on Wharton's work - notably The Age of Innocence (1990) and The Buccaneers (1995). Principal locations have been identified in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, where Wharton made her home and took inspiration for the overlooked masterpiece she called "the hot Ethan Frome". Further information is avaiable at and on the Facebook page Summer. Wharton enthusiasts are encouraged to visit - opinions, suggestions and support are most welcome.

The Edith Wharton Restoration at The Mount has generously hosted readings of the screenplay, and another very successful reading took place in April 2011 at the Players Club in New York. Financing is still in progress, but over $100,000 has been raised toward an approximately million dollar budget. Casting sessions are scheduled for January. Principal photography will begin in March 2012 and continue into the early summer. A summer 2013 release is anticipated.

1 comment:

Carl Sprague said...

Many thanks to the Wharton Society for this posting. If you would like to support this production, please see There's a short trailer for "Summer" there, as well as as background information about the film.

Any contribution is welcome, and will significantly help our project move forward. For a $100 donation you will be invited to our January events celebrating Mrs. Wharton's 150th birthday in New York City and at the Mount in Lenox.

"I'm sure "Summer" would film well."
-Edith Wharton to Minnie Jones April 16, 1923