Richard Armitage’s New Film Project “Brain on Fire”: Will the Medical Plot Sizzle or Fizzle?, July 17, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #785)

With any announcement of a new artistic project for the exquisitely talented British Actor Richard Armitage, our hearts go aflutter with anticipation. And this past year, Mr. Armitage has had so many new projects, the man is the hardest working actor on the planet. 2015-2016 could end up with a bumper crop of new Armitage film projects being released. So start saving your pennies now.Brain-on-Fire-book-cover_Jul1615via-Preoccupied-with-Armitage

Not only are “Urban and the Shed Crew”, “Sleepwalker”, and “Pilgrimage” in post production, but Richard Armitage will star in Edith Wharton’s “Summer” (yet to be filmed), and he is currently filming “Brain on Fire” (image right) in Vancouver, Canada.

Intriguing title that–“Brain on Fire”.   Below is an excerpt of the “Brain on Fire” movie plot–in a link shared by the “Brain on Fire” book author Susannah Cahalan, on which the movie is based–with thanks to Teresa A for pointing me to Ms. Cahalan’s “Brain on Fire” FB page with that link on it:

Carrie-Anne Moss and Richard Armitage are joining the cast of Gerard Barrett’s Brain On Fire opposite Chloe Grace Moretz. Broad Green Pictures made the announcement today in partnership with Denver & Delilah and Foundation Features. The project is based on Susannah Cahalan’s critically acclaimed memoir about a rising journalist (Moretz) at the New York Post who mysteriously starts having seizures and hearing voices.”

There a major misdiagnosis because it turns out that she has a very rare disease–that is only treated with luck. Richard Armitage and Carrie-Anne Moss play the ill girl’s estranged parents. To me, it sounds like the basic story–based on true events–has some potential for film dramatization in terms of parent angst, sick girl chewing the scenery as she flits from symptom to worsening symptom, and then a happy ending with the young 24 year old girl being healed. However, I would really like to see the parent dynamic explored in the film–in terms of how a crisis can either bring out the best or the worst in people, and sometimes, both.

But I have not read the “Brain on Fire” book. And the script adaptation of that book willComa-movie-dvd-cover_Jul1615imdb be essential as to whether what some might view to be basically a medical drama–but without the jolting body count associated with some books turned into film thrillers like Robin Cook’s book “Coma” directed by Michael Crichton. In “Coma” hundreds of people are intentionally put into coma’s so that their organs could be harvested and transplanted into rich people willing to pay. That could never happen, right? *shivers*

So while we wait to learn more about Richard Armitage’s new film “Brain on Fire”, here are links to two book reviews by two Richard Armitage Fans and bloggers for your consideration:

“Brain Scan and Perry Gets Personal” on Perry’s Armitage Agonistes blog

“Musings: #RichardArmitage and Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire” on jholland’s Preoccupied with Armitage blog

And Ms. Cahalan shared a You tube link for a song that she said Mr. Armitage was using to channel her father’s character. To which I say–after listening to 2 of the 5 minutes of the song’s already droning and repetitive monotony–no wonder she became ill. *facetious alert*

And, finally, I muse about what character look Richard Armitage will adopt for the father of a 24 year old? Here are a few potential Dad looks from past RA portraits:

Laconic in “Into the Storm”    Bringing Cheer in “Strike Back)
(via Todd Garner tweet)                                   (via RANet)

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Or my personal favorite, will RA as the Dad be on the edge of his seat, hoping for good news from the medical staff? (DaMan image via RANet again)



We’ll see if I get around to reading the “Brain on Fire” book. In the meantime, my copy of the Bernard Hare memoir “Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew” arrived this week. So that will be my next read–before seeing Richard Armitage portray Chop in that film. And I look forward to learning more about the film “Brain on Fire”.

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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15 Responses to Richard Armitage’s New Film Project “Brain on Fire”: Will the Medical Plot Sizzle or Fizzle?, July 17, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #785)

  1. Guylty says:

    Sorry, OT – just to say that I have just sent you an e-mail. :-)

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  2. July 17 & 21, 2015–Thanks for liking this post!

    Esther, Perry, Carolyn, jollytr, Servetus, & richardtreehouse


  3. Sparkhouse says:

    Neil Young is a Canadian musical genius national treasure you know! LOL

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    • Hi Sparkhouse, Thanks for your note!Of course! And I do enjoy some of his music. It was the end of a long and physically exhausting day when I listened to the song. And perhaps the audio quality on the video contributed to my reaction to it. But hey! Everyone has different likes and dislikes–and that makes world a more interesting place! Thanks for visiting and commenting! Cheers! Grati ;->


      • sparkhouse1 says:

        No worries, I was ribbing you, Neil Young is definitely not to everyone’s taste for sure. I remember watching the making of Do They Know It’s Christmas by Bob Geldof and they said..”Neil, you’re sounding flat”. He didn’t miss a beat and his very laid back response was “Hey, man, that’s my style”.

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  4. Several Porter echoes in Mr Cahalan- sensitive, wounded, emotionally repressed,protective and with a dangerous edge that is a ticking bomb ready to go off. It’s the character that interacts with Susannah the most apart from her boyfriend so his screen-time isn’t limited.

    Tom Cahalan appears tough to the world but is a real softy and a true rock when his daughter needs someone to lean on during the harrowing process. A perfect vehicle for Richard; and the fact that he’s quite well-off and a banker means we’ll probably get to see him wearing lovely suits *Gorgeous Lucas playing Ros’ fiancé in a pinstripe suit comes to mind.*

    Interesting read though I confess I glossed over a good amount of the scientific stuff.

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    • Hi Lillianschild,
      Thanks for your take on RA’s character of Tom Cahalan. And Porter resonated with me, too–hence the 2nd portrait.Ha! I’m looking forward to seeing how the script turns out and how Richard Armitage interprets his character. Mr. Armitage is the master of nuance and portraying the hidden depths in characters. So we should be in for a real treat!.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting! Cheers! Grati ;->

      P.S. And I like your idea channeling the Lucas North look as Ros’ faux fiance. And should I confess now that I “speed read” The Hobbit in chunks pertinent to each of the three films? Oops I just did. Ha!


  5. July 17, 2015–Someone elsewhere had wondered if the film would be over laden with medical terminology, as was the book. Here was my guess (and I could be wrong, but I hope not, ha!):

    The film only has 1.5 hrs. So they can’t get bogged down with too much jargon or they’ll completely miss the essence of the plot:

    1) Young woman’s personality changes dramatically and she becomes hospitalized
    2) doctors are puzzled and seemingly can’t help her, and she becomes catatonic
    3) father advocates for his daughter’s care and pushes for doctors to find a solution, until one doctor does and helps cure her


  6. July 17, 2015–Servetus’ (Thanks!) blog points to an amusing Richard Armitage tweet about the prior super heroine roles of the women behind and of “Brain on Fire”: Charlize/Mad Max (Producer), Carri-Anne/Matrix (co-star), and Chloe Grace (co-star).

    And, of course, I had to comment back to Mr. A:

    And here is Servetus’ blog post link:


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