Margaret Atwood’s international bestseller Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth will be made into a movie, ahem, a feature-length documentary for release by the National Film Board. Jennifer Baichwal, who directed the superb doc Manufactured Landscapes, is to write and direct.
The NFB’s producer Ravida Din, credited with conceiving the idea, tells the what its’ like to get an email from Atwood when you haven’t even read the book:
“Not too long after,” says Din, “Atwood herself responded and said, ‘Okay, what do you have in mind?’ Of course, I panicked because I hadn’t yet read the book! So I sent a quick reply, letting her know of my interest in her as a writer and how it really made sense for me that an important public producer like the NFB would partner with a writer of her stature.”