EXCLUSIVE: Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris have exited the DreamWorks film The Good Luck Of Right Now. The Mike White-scripted adaptation of the novel by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick was moving into the casting stage, and I’ve heard creative disagreements between the directors and the film company over casting the ensemble prompted the exit yesterday.
This is not good luck for DreamWorks, which is in flux as Stacey Snider prepares to exit for a job at Fox when her contract expires at year’s end. Landing Dayton & Faris was a coup, because they are so choosy about what projects they make. As evidenced by their debut Little Miss Sunshine, Dayton and Faris are very good at subject matter that mixes family dysfunction with humor; that cuts to the core of Quick’s book about four grieving people who, through their pain, form a bond and become something of a family. Brie Larson has been reportedly circling the project, but DreamWorks’ first order of business will be to find a new filmmaker for the project. The parting of the ways was amicable.
It’s unclear whether Dayton & Faris will move on to another high profile project to which they are attached. They are developing I’m Proud Of You, an adaptation of Tim Madigan’s book about his friendship with the late Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood host Fred … Read More »
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 »
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 »