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People Don't Read Books Anymore; Now They Just Wait for the Movie

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 2, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 2, 2010 |

Yesterday was an awesome day for literary types who don’t actually like to read, as several cinematic adaptations of novels were announced.

  • McG is producing an adaptation of 20-year-old Kody Keplinger’s Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) about a 17-year-old high school student who hates a guy soooo much that she throws coke in his face. That that. Here’s the insipid synopsis:

    Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face. But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley. Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

    (Variety via Slashfilm)

  • Meanwhile, Renee Zellweger has acquired the film rights to Brantly Martin’s novel Pillage, which is about ” four best friends living in Manhattan who rebel against their dead-end lives by searching for the perfect party in the downtown nightlife scene.” So, a 90-minute version of a SATC episode? Lovely. Just fucking lovely. (Source; Variety)

  • Brad Pitt’s Plan B Production company has acquired the rights to The Imperfectionist, by Tom Rachman. Deadline reports that it’s about about the inner workings of an English-language newspaper in Rome.

  • Warner Brothers has picked up the rights to the graphic novel 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man and asked Dustin Lance Black (Milk) to pen the script and direct the adaptation. As Heat Vision writes, the graphic novel is “a modern fable, exploring the life of a giant man, Craig Pressgang, whose strange medical condition causes continuous growth. The tale is told from the point of view of three women — his mother, wife and daughter — and follows Craig’s journey from birth to his eventual three-story height. It also serves as an exploration of loneliness and love’s changing nature.”

  • Finally, while we’re on the subject of book adaptations, in particular one that I am so goddamn tired of talking about: Steve Zallian, the original screenwriter for Moneyball before Aaron Sorkin took over and finally got the movie greenlit, has been brought back again to do a revision before Sorkin will again be brought back to do another polish, at which time it will no doubt be entirely scrapped and we’ll have to start all over again. (Deadline)

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