Posted on February 25, 2021 at 8:17 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Last night, during a virtual author event, we heard a writer praise the work filmmakers had done to adapt his complex book into a regular-length movie.

That author was not Nico Walker.

Walker, the Iraq War veteran turned convicted robber turned bestselling writer, had politely harsh words for the adaptation of his debut novel, Cherry, which hits theaters tomorrow.

Literary Hub quotes Walker as saying to the Times: “I’ve seen parts of the film and it is an artistic interpretation, shall we say … We didn’t have any input at all, but God bless them, they bought the rights; they can do it their way.”

Cherry, written while Walker served prison time and based on his own experiences, tells the story of an Iraq War veteran who becomes addicted to drugs upon his return — leading him to begin robbing banks.

You can watch the trailer for Cherry and read a bit more about the film, if Walker’s words haven’t completely doused any interest you had in it, at Literary Hub.

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