I think it means that if I build a baseball field out there that Shoeless Joe Jackson will get to come back and play ball again. -Ray Kinsella
Notes from the novelist W.P. Kinsella
:: The words written here were taken from the inside liner of the Collector's Edition DVD, not to steal anything, but to share with all of you. I highly recommend reading thru the entire 3 pages.
"Authors are usually not happy with what Hollywood does with their work. And with good reason. I'm proud to be the exception. I loved the way Field of Dreams was adapted from my novel, Shoeless Joe. I had tears in my eyes when I first read Phil Robinson's screenplay. I said, ‘My goodness, this is my own work that's affecting me so strongly. If this script can be transferred directly to the screen, it can't help but be a sucess.’"
"Phil Robinson kept in touch with me while he was writing the screenplay, though I had no actual input. What Phil explained to me, several times, was that there is no way to cram a 300-page novel into an hour and 40-minute movie; many, many scenes had to be cut, characters had to be dropped, time had to be telescoped. I was thrilled with the final product, even though it took considerable liberties with the plot of my novel. I believe Phil made the right choices, adding the PTA scene to make Annie a more rounded character, and to prepare the audience for the reclusive author Terence Mann."
"In Shoeless Joe, the reclusive author was the real life J.D. Salinger, a writer I have always admired, and a man who makes himself conspicuous by hiding. I knew that Salinger put himself through college working as an actor on a cruise ship and therefore he knew how to hold an audience. What other author who has not published in thirty years manages to keep his name in front of the public? And he does so by objecting whenever his name is mentioned by the media. To alleviate any possible controversy, the part of Terence Mann was written specifically for James Earl Jones."