By Kaylee Lindenmuth
SHENANDOAH - A Shenandoah native and acclaimed novelist will soon see a third novel hit the big screen, with some recognizable actors involved.
Darryl Ponicsan, 79, of Palm Springs, California, had his novel "Last Flag Flying" published in 2004. It was his thirteenth novel.
On November 3, the film adaptation, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Carell, will be released, becoming Ponicsan's third novel-turned-film.
The film is being financed by Amazon.
In 1973, Ponicsan's novels "The Last Detail" and "Cinderella Liberty" were adapted into films.
According to Ponicsan, like many of his other works, "Last Flag Flying" features a nod to his coal region roots. In an early scene, Yuengling comes up in a conversation between characters portrayed by Cranston and Carrell.
Ponicsan visited Shenandoah in August of 2016 for the borough's Sesquicentennial, where he was recognized at both events in the borough and at the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts in Pottsville, where he was inducted into their hall of fame.
Ponicsan was born in Shenandoah in 1938, attending elementary school in the borough until his family moved to Ringtown.
Ponicsan is a 1955 graduate of the Ringtown High School.
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