Alan Rickman was beloved, and is remembered by so many as an amazing actor and a fine human being, and now his estate is going to publish his diaries – which I imagine only confirm our sunny image of the man behind the scenes.
And don’t worry – he always intended his diaries to be published, so no exploitation is happening here.
Rickman enjoyed decades of success in Hollywood and on the stage, and his experiences filled 27 diaries over the years. Entries from all of them will be published in a single book – and yes, some will be never-before-told stories from his time on the Harry Potter sets.
The Guardian reports that his widow, Rima Horton, sold the rights to Scottish publisher Canongate, and that The Diaries of Alan Rickman is slated to be published in 2022. The entries begin in the early 1990s and continue up until his untimely passing from pancreatic cancer in 2016.
Sources say Rickman jotted down stories from his projects, like Sense and Sensibility, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Love, Actually, and Sweeney Toddy, in addition to Harry Potter.
His widow made a statement to The Guardian, as well.
“I’m delighted that Canongate will be publishing Alan’s diaries, and couldn’t have wished for a finer appointment of editor than Alan Taylor.
The diaries reveal not just Alan Rickman the actor, but the real Alan – his sense of humor, his sharp observation, his craftsmanship and his devotion to the arts.”
Taylor, who’s editing the book, describes the entries as “anecdotal, indiscreet, witty, gossipy, and utterly candid,” and says “they make compulsive reading and offer a peerless insight into the daily life of a remarkable actor who was as beloved in the US as he surely was in the UK.”
All of the sudden, 2022 sounds really far away, y’all – because I cannot wait to get my hands on this book.
Will you nab it when it comes out? Tell us why or why not in the comments!