Spokane author Jess Walter’s ‘Beautiful Ruins’ to be adapted into film

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane-based author Jess Walter’s book “Beautiful Ruins” will be adapted for the big screen.

The film is being produced by Steven Spielberg’s film and production company Amblin Partners. Niki Caro has been tapped to direct the film.

“Beautiful Ruins” follows a young man who runs a hotel in an Italian seaside village. The hotel has no guests until an American starlet books a stay and captures the young man’s heart. Five decades later, a producer’s assistant falls in love with the story and sets out to find it a happy ending.

Walter has authored eight books, one of which has received praise from former President Barack Obama.

Obama called “We Live in Water: Stories” one of his favorite books of 2019.

READ: Spokane author’s book listed at one of Barack Obama’s favorites from 2019

Amblin Partners announced it would team up with Neal Street Productions to make the film back in February.

The movie’s release date has yet to be announced. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story said one of Walter’s books was adapted to the film “Bailout,” starring Jack Black. That movie never aired.