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Fox Searchlight Buys ‘Silver Linings’ Author Matthew Quick Novel ‘Sorta Like A Rock Star’

By | Tuesday August 20, 2013 @ 10:54am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has acquired screen rights to Sorta Like A Rock Star, the 2010 novel by Matthew Quick, who wrote Silver Linings Playbook. The film will be produced by Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen and Gotham Group’s Lee Stollman and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein.

None of Quick’s novels are easy adaptations (it took David O Russell’s understanding of bipolar subject matter to turn Silver Linings into an Oscar-nominated film), but just about all of his work is getting bought up. In Sorta Like A Rock Star, the protagonist is Amber Appleton, a high school senior who secretly lives in the back of a school bus, a situation that arose when her mother’s boyfriend kicked them out. The bus (they call it Hello Yellow) is the same one that her mother uses to drive kids to school, and despite the adversity, Amber is a self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism. A fatal tragedy puts her optimism to the test. The deal comes with a script that Laura Sandler and Amanda Harlib wrote on spec, but it’s likely the studio will seek out a director to guide how the project takes shape. Read More »

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DreamWorks Nabs ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author’s New Novel, ‘The Good Luck Of Right Now’

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: DreamWorks Studios has acquired the manuscript to Matthew Quick’s latest novel, The Good Luck Of Right Now. It’s his followup to the Best Picture nominee Silver Linings Playbook and was bought by production president Holly Bario.

The story follows the intertwined lives of four people, who are all outsiders in their own right. However, in the wake of grieving over pain and loss in their lives, they come together to form the most unlikely family. I wrote about this one when CAA slipped it to buyers a week ago. The characters are quirkier than those in Silver Linings Playbook, and there is also the Richard Gere factor. The protagonist is a guy who might not be bipolar, but is certainly “off.” He takes care of his mother, who suffers from dementia. She has been calling him Richard, and the caretaker tells the story of this broken circle of characters in letters written to Richard Gere. The film is once again set in Philadelphia, and the love interest is a librarian. She and her brother believe they were once abducted by aliens.

“We immediately sparked to Matthew Quick’s book and the heart and humor which is infused in his storytelling,” said Holly Bario. “All of us at DreamWorks are excited to begin developing this story and look to make it a priority at the studio.”

CAA repped Quick with Douglas Stewart of Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc., who simultaneously … Read More »

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Movie Action On Hot Novels

By | Tuesday January 15, 2013 @ 8:59am PST
Mike Fleming

There’s publishing news on two timely novels that have feature film ramifications. The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown revealed that his new novel will be titled Inferno, coming from Doubleday on May 14. The book’s set in Europe and inspired by Dante, author of the 14th century poem The Divine Comedy, the author’s journey through hell, purgatory and heaven. The movie crowd won’t care much because the protagonist is once again the Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, which means that if anybody turns this into a film, it will be Sony. That deal made right on the ground floor by late former Sony Pictures chairman John Calley continues to give and give. Brown himself wrote a draft of the Angels & Demons follow-up The Lost Symbol, and Tom Hanks is still attached and Brian Grazer is the producer. Last time I wrote about it, Game Change scribe Danny Strong was working on the script and there was interest in director Mark Romanek after Ron Howard opted out after helming the first two global blockbusters. Read More »

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