Harmony Korine to Direct Adaptation of Teacher/Student Sex Novel 'Tampa'

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.

I digress.

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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Jan Saenz from Houston, Texas August 29, 2016 - 9:42am

I don't think anyone can argue that it's extremely well-written. It's definitely a book I never thought would have been optioned for a film (only because of the graphic content) but I'm excited to see how this all pans out. Jeremy Irons once said he feared he would never work again after Lolita, so I'm curious to see which actress will step up to the plate on this one.

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman August 29, 2016 - 5:11pm

Huh. I'll say that movies that come from "unfilmable" material often make for some pretty interesting movies. 

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Paul I from London September 10, 2016 - 4:29am

Yeah, I think this has potential to be an interesting movie.

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