"Quantum of Solace" director Marc Forster lifted Khaled Hosseini's first novel "The Kite Runner" to a new plateau of prominence when the film came out in 2007. The hot-button political and cultural issues that the story touched on, however, resulted in a delayed release of what was already a daunting project to put together.
Forster is currently looking ahead to his next film "World War Z," but said that he looked at Hosseini's second book "A Thousand Splendid Suns," currently being developed at Columbia Pictures, opting to pass because he wasn't ready to go through the gauntlet of demands posed by "Kite Runner" without some time on other movies.
"I met early on," Forster told MTV News. "They gave me an early copy and said, ‘Look, would you want to do it?’"
In addition to searching for cast members along the Afghanistan-China border and plotting filming locations in the troubled region, "Kite Runner" also experienced a postponed premier due to fears that Afghani cast members might suffer persecution for their roles in the film after it came out. The release was held back to give one of the actors, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, time to leave his country rather than risk being forced to flee like an actor just one year earlier in the movie "Kabul Express."
"It was a tough movie to make under the conditions and everything," Forster explained. "I don’t want to do that again for a while. I have to take a break."
"A Thousand Splendid Suns," which is the story of two Muslim women's relationship while being married to the same man, was last mentioned to have "Schindler's List" writer Steven Zaillian attached to write and direct. For now, Forster is content to see someone else take the reins, but he also also hasn't rule participating on the project out, if called upon down the line.
"Maybe they’ll develop it," Forster suggested, "and we’ll come to it in a different time and a different place."
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