In an interview with Deadline,
screenwriter and playwright Phyllis Nagy talks about the almost 20
years she spent waiting for Carol to get made.
Nagy wrote the original screenplay for
the movie back in 1997.
The lesbian romance film – considered
an Oscar contender – was adapted from Patricia Highsmith's novel
The Price of Salt, first published in 1952.
“The novel came to me in 1997, which
was a couple of years after Highsmith had died,” Nagy
said. “I had no idea what I was getting myself into because it
was the first script I was really hired to write. … After the first
draft we had about 13 years of false starts and people coming and
going. … It was a little bit like Can't Carol.”
“I thought Carol was dead and
I was ready to move on by that time, and then [producer] Liz Karlsen
called about a year later and said, 'Guess what? I have the rights to
the novel. Let’s go make a movie.' I said, 'Great. No, thank you.
I’ve had enough. Go find yourself another writer who will have a
perfectly good take.' … So it took them a year to convince me to
jump back in with the promise that they would indeed this time get
the film made. And they did, and I shouldn't have worried so much,”
Nagy was also asked whether LGBT films
had gone mainstream.
“Once it's not a trend I'll be much
less suspicious of the claims of this kind of material advancing into
the mainstream,” she answered. “Maybe every 10 years, there's
little blips of films, but I think it's as you say – because
they're all in development for such a long time they all hit at a
certain moment in the zeitgeist. If they don't go away or if a
particular kind of of film that isn't solely gender-based happens to
keep being made, then I'll be the happiest political activist on
earth. Until that happens I'll reserve judgment about what it means
that there are so many things out and about in the culture at the
moment, because I'm not sure how many of them will be making an