Thursday, August 4, 2011
Book to Film: Golf in the Kingdom
Doug Moe: Golf a great game, just not on film. (Capital Times, 8/1/2011)
Excerpt: It was never going to be easy to make a film out of “Golf in the Kingdom,” Michael Murphy’s 1972 novel that, to some of us, is the best golf book ever written.
Murphy thought it was going to happen more than a decade ago. He told me so the only time I ever spoke to him.
“Clint absolutely swears he will do it before 2000,” Murphy said when we chatted in October 1998.
Clint was Clint Eastwood, who owned the film rights to the novel — a somewhat mystical account of a golf match in Scotland and its aftermath — for many years.
Sean Connery also was interested for a long time. Connery wanted to play Shivas Irons, the novel’s wise and mysterious golf pro.