Thursday, April 3, 2014

eleanor & park headed to Hollywood


Wyck Godfrey, a producer with a penchant for adaptations - his credits include the upcoming The Fault in our Stars, The Maze Runner, John Green's not yet published (I had a brain fart, thnx for the correction Emily) Paper Towns, Stephen King's Lisey's Story, Nicholas Sparks' The Longest Yard as well as the Twilight saga films, Dear John, Safe Haven, and Eragon - tweeted the news that Rainbow Rowell's quirky hit love story about a girl and her Korean comic book loving friend, eleanor & park was being adapted for the screen. The producer added "Love this! Wish I was doing!" His enthusiasm got my attention so I dived into the linked Vanity Fair article. Holly Bario, president of Dreamworks, the studio that picked up eleanor & park told the magazine...
"Every girl who has read it says, ‘That was me in high school, or that was me in 7th grade. It reminded all of us of our own sort of awkwardness, or family dysfunction. It’s not the typical story where the ugly duckling is in love with the hot guy. They’re both trying to find their way. They’re both outcasts.
Aware of the problems of adapting eleanor & park's alternating point of view, Bario has signed on the novel's author to write the script. You can follow Rowell on twitter, where she's fielding a barrage of congrats, and a lot of relief from readers that the author is on board. I appreciate this on a couple of levels; my feminista side feels warm and fuzzy that Rainbow - a female - will bump up the numbers in the 'women in film' column and also because a novelist knows her novel's characters best. But there is that tricky little fact that scripts are not easy to write, that the novelist' skills aren't necessarily the same as the script writers, and as Rowell herself reminds us, it's not as though Rowell actually knows what she's doing when it comes to writing scripts! Having worked briefly for a top Hollywood producer, I've seen the thousands of scripts that come across the desk that just don't cut it. I will never understand the notion that a novelist can suddenly become a script writer; it's a little like asking a heart surgeon to do brain surgery. Yes, they both have the same medical background but when it comes to surgery, don't you want a specialist? A recent tweet from Rowell shows she agrees; I appreciate the mix of modesty and humor.




1 comment:

  1. Yay! This just may be my favorite YA book I've read in the last dozen years or so. I'm super excited about seeing this brought to the big screen. (FYI, John Green's Paper Towns is already published)

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