Werner Herzog Helming Piano Tuner

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The Hollywood Reporter says Werner Herzog will write and direct The Piano Tuner, a lush Victorian-era drama about a Brit’s journey to war-torn Burma, for Focus Features.

Based on Daniel Mason’s 2002 debut novel, the story centers on Edgar Drake, a man sent to a remote village in the late 1800s to repair an eccentric military man’s piano. Drake falls in love with a Burmese woman and her country, but as the officer wins over locals through music and medicine, things grow treacherous when his troops begin to suspect him of treason.

The original screen adaptation by Peter Buchman is being rewritten by Herzog.

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