So I was reading this morning over at The Hollywood Reporter website (a regular haunt of mine of course, I just love to keep up with the Hollywood gossip, darling) and noticed with some intrigue that Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallstrom is taking on a new film project of the adaptation of best selling crime novel The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler.
This article, states:
The film, which Hallstrom will begin shooting this winter, is the first in a planned franchise based on Kepler’s Detective Joona Linna series, which are most successful Swedish crime novels worldwide after Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy.
In the novel, Detective Linna investigates a grisly triple homicide where the only survivor, a young boy, is too traumatized to testify. Linna convinces a famous psychologist, against his better judgment, to hypnotize the boy, setting off a terrifying chain of events.
I have not read the novel, but I do now intend to do so and I look forward to the film. That said, almost every single film depiction of a hypnotist, or having hypnosis used in this way shows incorrect use of hypnosis and tends to perpetuate myths about hypnosis.
Anyone who reads this blog with any regularity knows that hypnosis does not enhance the veracity of memory and is not the best tool for retrieving memory… Yet it is often shown to be both in films. I am thinking of Donnie Darko in particular.[youtubevideo id=”9SS030QSYho”]
Well I guess we’ll see, eh?
Short blog today, got a crazy busy day… I’ll be back tomorrow.