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Nick Cave to Take Novel to the Big Screen


Never one to sit around when there’s work to be done, Nick Cave has announced a schedule that encompasses his skills as a songwriter, performer, author and screenwriter — and one that’s set to bring his latest literary creation, Bunny Munro, to life.

Speaking at the Dundee Literary Festival, Cave confirmed that actor Ray Winstone is set to play the eponymous character whose life slowly and graphically unravels after the suicide of his long-suffering wife. “The idea was that we set him up as a hard guy and then bit by bit dismantle him to show that he’s a quivering wreck underneath it all,” Cave told Empire.

Cave’s second novel, ‘The Death of Bunny Munro,’ originally began life as a screenplay before morphing into a book after the concept fell by the wayside. “[Ray] really loved the script when we first handed it to him,” says Cave. “He was really excited about it, and really distressed when it kinda tanked and never got made.”

John Hillcoat, who directed Winstone in the Cave-scripted drama ‘The Proposition,’ is set to helm the film which is to be made for television.

All this comes hot on the heels of the return of Cave’s side-project band, Grinderman, whose second album is scheduled for release this autumn with a European tour to follow. And if all that wasn’t enough, UNKLE mailman Pablo Clements told BBC 6 Music that Cave is to contribute vocals to a new track for the collective’s forthcoming album which he described as a “glam stomper.”

Nick Cave in glitter make-up and stack heels? Why not? Clearly, there’s little that’s out of reach for this ever-stretching artist.