Bob Dylan’s 1975 Grammy Award-winning album, Blood On The Tracks, is set to be adapted into a 1970’s-based film. Famed Sicilian director Luca Guadagnino (Suspiria, A Bigger Splash, I Am Love) is set to direct the film, with Richard LaGravenese (writer of The Fisher King) handling the film’s writing work.
In an interview with The New Yorker, Luca Guadagnino said that a producer on his 2017 romance film, Call Me By Your Name, acquired the film rights to Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan, and asked the famed director if he wanted to make a movie based off of it. Guadagnino said he would do it with one condition, only if Richard LaGravenese wrote it.
“Somehow, the moon shot landed,” Guadagnino said. “LaGravenese cleared his schedule and, between April and July, hunkered down to produce a hundred-and-eighty-eight-page screenplay following characters through a multiyear story, set in the seventies, that he and Guadagnino had invented, drawing on the album’s central themes.
As LaGravenese explained to The New Yorker, “When they’re repressing, we dramatize the repression, and what that does to them, and we dramatize what happens when you let your passions take over too much.” As of now, there is no further information on filming or the upcoming film’s anticipated release date.
Earlier last month, Bob Dylan announced the 14th installment of his long-running Bootleg Series, More Blood, More Tracks, due out November 2nd via Columbia/Legacy. The deluxe edition box set compiles every surviving take from Dylan’s 1975 Grammy Award-winning album, Blood On The Tracks, spanning 6 CD’s, and will also be available as a condensed single-disc and 2-LP set. Additionally, the deluxe edition will feature a hardcover book featuring a complete replica of a Bob Dylan notebook from his Blood On The Tracks era.
In the liner notes for More Blood, More Tracks, author Jeff Slate observes,
Dylan cut each of these amazing performances – some of the best he ever committed to tape – one after the other, live in the studio, without headphones, and without the types of overdubs that most performers rely on to make their records sound finished. Instead, on these tracks, we find Dylan – just a singer with a guitar and a harmonica and a batch of great songs – delivering performances that thrill you when they’re supposed to and break your heart when they need to….
The performances are also in the purest state we’ve ever experienced them. During the production of Blood on the Tracks, Dylan asked [producer Phil] Ramone to speed up many of the masters by 2-3%, a common practice in the 1960s and ’70s, especially for records sent to AM radio. It was thought that doing so would give the songs a little extra bounce to better engage listeners. Most of the songs from the New York sessions that previously circulated, officially and unofficially, are the sped-up versions that Dylan requested. On More Blood, More Tracks, for the first time, we’re hearing the songs exactly as Dylan recorded them.