Zadie Smith’s On Beauty Becoming a Film


Zadie Smith's 2005 Man Booker Prize–shortlisted On Beauty (her most recent novel before NW drops in September) is about to become her first brush with the big screen. Actress turned writer slash director Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me, The Caveman's Valentine) will adapt and direct the film. Smith's debut, White Teeth, was adapted as a U.K. miniseries back in 2002; what's with the ten-year gap? Books work great as movies, right?