To Have Not (working title)
To Have Not is set during Ernest Hemingway’s last, controversial years of life, when his fame and reputation were long established and could only have been cause for celebration…
Unquestionably these were tumultuous times. Hemingway had lived in Cuba for over 20 years as resistance to Batista’s tyrannical dictatorship spread revolution through most of the island nation. While on the world scale the cold war intensified.
The writer's sympathy for the underdog, for those who struggle for justice at a disadvantage, his involvement in past wars and his writing; had already earned him a file at the FBI which Director Hoover himself kept under close personal supervision. By the time the Cuban revolution triumphed, Hemingway had become increasingly wary he was under surveillance by the FBI.
When his suspicions are dismissed as paranoid delusions, even by his closest friends and family, Hemingway is torn. However, when said suspicions of surveillance are escalated to assertions of harassment by the writer, those closest to him proportionally upgrade his paranoid delusions to mental illness requiring treatment.
His memories , the ghosts haunting him, the pressures that forced him to leave ‘Finca Vigía’, his home and creative refuge, to return to Idaho to be interned for treatment at the Mayo Clinic. The sporadic moments of lucidity amidst Hemingway’s hallucinations become the reasons for the writer’s concluding gesture of dignity towards himself.
Ideal Cast: Toni Colette, Helen Mirren, Ron Perlman.