In 2012, it was announced that Blum was developing The Breathing Method as a feature film project through Universal, with Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister) slated to direct from a script by Scott Teems. There’s no word on whether Derrickson will be involved with the television series. “It’s active,” says Blum. “It’s moving along.”
The Breathing Method, which is the only one of the four novellas from Different Seasons to not yet receive the big screen treatment, tells the bizarrely romantic and heartbreaking story of an elderly Manhattan doctor who recounts his long ago encounter with a pregnant woman who is determined to give birth to her illegitimate child, despite being poor and having no family. As the doctor teaches the woman his unique breathing method, to help her get through childbirth, he falls in love with her.
The television series will focus on the relationship between the doctor and the woman, which begins in the 1930s, which leaves lots of room to explore the relationship between the doctor and the woman’s child, a boy, who is born in the story after his mother is decapitated. He’s then put up for adoption but watched over by the doctor, who keeps track of the boy’s – and the resulting man’s – progress.
No network is currently attached.
I don’t know about you but I’m not that excited about this news. Sounds kind of boring actually. What do you think? Could this be a success if done?
Thanks to Herbert West.