Dutch Caribbean Novel ‘Double Play’ Headed To Big Screen With Director Ernest Dickerson

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 Double Play, Curacaoan author Frank Martinus Arion’s internationally acclaimed Dutch-language novel, is being adapted into a feature film to be helmed by Ernest Dickerson (Juice, The Wire). He’ll work from a script by Evan Jones and Alaric Alexander Smeets, with Lisa Cortes (Precious) and music and film festival organizer Gregory Elias producing.

The novel, set during the 1970s, evokes themes of colonial unrest on the Caribbean island of Curacao during the tumultuous transition from Dutch colonial rule to autonomous self-governance. Over the course of a game of dominoes that lasts an entire day, the fates of four men are revealed through a journey of love, loss and deadly betrayal, while political, social and sexual rivalries are provoked. Published in 1973, the book received the Van der Hoogt Prize in the Netherlands and remains one of the most acclaimed examples of Caribbean literature.

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