Is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park ready for Anjelina Jolie? The photo above is the Bradley Fork crossing in the Smokemont section of the Smokies on the North Carolina side.
Last year, Dolly Parton was the honorary chair for the 75th anniversary celebrations of the park. Now, there is serious buzz that Ron Rash’s Serena may be made into a film with Angelina Jolie as Serena. See
The book is set in a logging camp loosely based on the Smokemont section in the 1920s before the area became a National Park. It’s a grand story of greed and mystery in the Smoky Mountains. Serena is an “outsider” who marries a timber baron and pushes her husband to commit more and more ruthless
acts. Serena becomes mad and violent when she learns that she can’t bear a
child. Serena is not a likeable person, but neither is Jolie. A good fit.
Whether or not, Jolie actually comes through, just the buzz is wonderful. We
can all say we knew Ron Rash when his second book Saints at the River was a Together we Read book selection. And now, his fourth will be a movie. That
also infuses other Western North Carolina authors with potential and dreams.
And though I don’t think that my hiking guides Hiking the Carolina
Mountains and Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage will ever be
made into movies, it will give national visibility to the Western North Carolina mountains and the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And that’s all good.
Where might it be filmed? We can only speculate on that. Romania, perhaps. Those of us who live in the WNC still smart over the fact that Cold Mountain was filmed in Romania, mainly because it was cheap. But we all know where the real Cold Mountain is.