With Bond 23 firmly put on hold by MGM, Sam Mendes has time to fill. Directing stage shows clearly isn't enough as he's reportedly in talks to direct the adaptation of Ian McEwan's (the writer of Atonement) sexually charged short novel On Chesil Beach.
The book, published in 2007, centers around two virgins - Florence and Edward - whose attractions for one another have built over the years, culminating in a clash of unsaid truths at a quaint hotel on Chesil Beach. Interspersed with flashbacks to the characters' previous lives before meeting, the unintentionally awkward and sadly doomed weekend at Chesil Beach is an eye-opener for both characters.
Capturing the trials and tribulations of relationships in his other films, such as Revolutionary Road, Mendes is clearly a pro at highlighting how uneasy life with a partner can be. With the possible joining of An Education-actress Carey Mulligan, On Chesil Beach is something i feel would transcend beautifully on-screen.