Billy Bob Thornton intends to film Peace Like a River adaptation in MN

class=img_thumbleft>The Associated Press is reporting actor/writer/director

Billy Bob Thornton

, while in Edina to promote his latest movie,

The Astronaut Farmer

, has stated he wishes to film the movie adaptation of

Leif Enger

's novel,

Peace Like a River

, in Minnesota. "I hope we can shoot it there," Thornton said. "I love to shoot movies where they take place, but the studios will have you do it in different places because of the money." Thornton shot another film adapted from a novel,

A Simple Plan

(1998), directed by

Sam Raimi

, in Minnesota. "I love that movie, I love it," he said. "That's one of those characters I didn't want to have to stop playing."

Peace Like a River

, published in 2001 by Atlantic Monthly Press, recounts the struggles of a 1960s rural Minnesota family through the eyes of 11-year-old asthmatic Reuben Land. The author,

Leif Enger

, was born in


and was a long-time reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio.

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