Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities is an epic tome chronicling a diverse set of issues in 1980s New York. Sly, wry and filled with zing, Wolfe’s work is one of the great literary works of the 20th Century.
The near 700 page novel (first published in 1987) was made into Brian De Palma’s much maligned 1990 film starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith. With a two hour running time De Palma’s film only scratched the surface of Wolfe’s tale and the film is mainly known for the many behind-the-scenes stories stemming from Julie Salamon’s The Devil’s Candy (worth reading).
It now looks like Wolfe’s novel might finally get the treatment it deserves, as it will be adapted into a new Amazon Prime Video series from Margaret Nagle and Chick Lorre. Casting will be key here, along with capturing the sense of decadence and irony permeating the novel. I’m a fan of the book and I think there’s much to enjoy in De Palma’s film, even if it is a very abbreviated version of the Wolfe’s novel.
Movies In Focus is looking forward to this.