Harmony Korine to Direct Adaptation of Teacher/Student Sex Novel 'Tampa'
Who would touch a book that details the technically repeated rape of a 14-year-old boy by his much older female teacher? Harmony Korine, that’s who.
Korine revealed he’s currently working on bringing Alissa Nutting’s controversial novel, Tampa, to the screen during a recent Q&A session at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, reports IndieWire.
The official synopsis of the book, via Amazon, romanticizes the dark subject material just a bit:
In Alissa Nutting’s novel Tampa, Celeste Price, a smoldering 26-year-old middle-school teacher in Florida, unrepentantly recounts her elaborate and sociopathically determined seduction of a 14-year-old student.
Celeste has chosen and lured the charmingly modest Jack Patrick into her web. Jack is enthralled and in awe of his eighth-grade teacher, and, most importantly, willing to accept Celeste’s terms for a secret relationship—car rides after dark, rendezvous at Jack’s house while his single father works the late shift, and body-slamming erotic encounters in Celeste’s empty classroom. In slaking her sexual thirst, Celeste Price is remorseless and deviously free of hesitation, a monstress of pure motivation. She deceives everyone, is close to no one, and cares little for anything but her pleasure.
Tampa is a sexually explicit, virtuosically satirical, American Psycho–esque rendering of a monstrously misplaced but undeterrable desire. Laced with black humor and crackling sexualized prose, Alissa Nutting’s Tampa is a grand, seriocomic examination of the want behind student / teacher affairs and a scorching literary debut.
And because I’m five years old inside, I should also point out that the cover to the novel displays a strategically shaped buttonhole that looks like a vagina.
While Korine has copped up to Tampa being on his Bucket List, it’s not the next project on his docket. In fact, it may not even be a film, as Korine has also approached HBO about the adaptation.
Some people believe controversial books often make the best reads. What do you think? Does Nutting’s novel take things a step too far, or does it deserve the acclaim it received?
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