Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Quick Update on all the upcoming movies based on Matthew Quick books.


Forgive me, I adored The Silver Linings Playbook, both the book and the movie,  but I haven't gotten around to any of Matthew Quick's other novels. There've been a slew of them, and they've all been snapped up by Hollywood. Time for a Quick catch-me-up.

Let's start with Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock which Channing Tatum is set to make as his directorial debut. Word is he'll also star. The trouble, as I see it, is that Mr. Tatum's dance card is already pretty full; he's currently filming the Cohen Bros. Hail Caesar, is rumored to be in the Quentin Tarantino Hateful 8 movie and has an X-Men and 23 Jump Street in his near-future. He's got a project called The Gambit in development, and he dearly wants to be in the upcoming female-starrer Ghost Busters.
From Publishers Weekly
Quick’s books typically revolve around characters who don’t fit in, don’t understand their place in the world, and face daunting obstacles. Leonard Peacock is another such individual, a teenager who feels let down by adults and out of step with his sheeplike classmates. Foreseeing only more unhappiness and disappointment in life (and harboring a secret that’s destroying him), Leonard packs up his grandfather’s WWII handgun and heads to school, intending to kill his former best friend and then himself. First, though, he will visit the important people in his life: an elderly cinephile neighbor, a musically gifted classmate, the teacher of his Holocaust studies class, and a homeschooled girl who passes out religious tracts in the train station. Quick’s attentiveness to these few key relationships and encounters gives the story its strength and razorlike focus. Its greatest irony is that, despite Leonard’s commitment to his murder-suicide plan, he appreciates and values life in a way that few do. Through Leonard, Quick urges readers to look beyond the pain of the here and now to the possibilities that await.

Love May Fail is an upcoming Quick book, set for release by HarperCollins in June of 2015. The problem with this one is that SONY owns the project and according to Deadline has Sam Raimi all but officially signed to direct it. The infamous SONY hack is the talk of the town and it's likely to put a bit of a wrench in upcoming projects, slowing things down just a wee bit. They've already got a script though, penned by School of Rock and Enlightened screenwriter Mike White. If it's a good script, maybe things will move along Quick-ly after all

          From the author's website
An aspiring feminist and underappreciated housewife embarks on an odyssey to find human decency and goodness—and her high school English teacher—in New York Times bestselling author Matthew Quick’s offbeat masterpiece, a quirky ode to love, fate, and hair metal. 
Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking to find the goodness in the world she believes still exists, Portia sets off to save herself by saving someone else—a beloved high school English teacher who has retired after a traumatic incident. 
Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metal-head little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt her chances on this madcap quest to restore a good man’s reputation and find renewed hope in the human race? Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know (deep down) you are meant to be.

The Good Luck of Right Now published last February, was picked up by Dreamworks with the latest news that Brie Larson is in talks to star. And once again, the film is based on a script by Mike White! He must be a fan.
From the writer's website
Call it fate. Call it synchronicity. Call it an act of God. Call it . . . The Good Luck of Right Now. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook comes an entertaining and inspiring tale that will leave you pondering the rhythms of the universe and marveling at the power of kindness and love.
For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?
Bartholomew thinks he’s found a clue when he discovers a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother’s underwear drawer. In her final days, mom called him Richard—there must be a cosmic connection. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life, writing Richard Gere a series of highly intimate letters. Jung and the Dalai Lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But mostly the letters reveal one man’s heartbreakingly earnest attempt to assemble a family of his own.
A struggling priest, a “Girlbrarian,” her feline-loving, foul-mouthed brother, and the spirit of Richard Gere join the quest to help Bartholomew. In a rented Ford Focus, they travel to Canada to see the cat Parliament and find his biological father . . . and discover so much more.

Boy 21, published by Little, Brown & Co.  is being developed by producer Tom Heller (127 Hours, Precious, Mud)
From Quick's website 
Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. At home, his dad works nights and Finley is left alone to take care of his disabled grandfather. He’s always dreamed of somehow getting out, but until he can, putting on that number 21 jersey makes everything seem okay.
Russ has just moved to the neighborhood. The life of this teen basketball phenom has been turned upside down by tragedy. Cut off from everyone he knows, he won’t pick up a basketball, and yet answers only to the name Boy21—taken from his former jersey number.
As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, “Boy21″ may turn out to be the answer they both need. Matthew Quick, the acclaimed author of Sorta Like a Rock Star, brings readers a moving novel about hope, recovery, and redemption.


Speaking of Sorta Like a Rock Star, Fox Searchlight owns those rights. No word on whether there's a script in the works, or the signing of a director. The producing team of Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen who gave us The Fault in Our Stars and Maze Runner have signed onBeyond that, no news.
From Quick's web site 
Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom’s boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). But Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. Instead, she focuses on bettering the lives of her alcoholic mother and her quirky circle of friends: a glass-ceiling-breaking single mother raising a son diagnosed with autism; Father Chee and The Korean Divas for Christ (soul-singing ESL students); a nihilist octogenarian; a video-game-playing gang of outcasts; and a haiku-writing war vet. But then a fatal tragedy threatens Amber’s optimism—and her way of life. Can Amber continue to be the princess of hope? 
With his zany cast of characters and a heartwarming, inspiring story, debut YA author Matthew Quick builds a beautifully beaten-up world of laughs, loyalty, and hard-earned hope. This world is Amber’s stage, and Amber is, well…she’s sorta like a rock star.
And then there's Every Exquisite Thing which doesn't have any cover art yet, and doesn't even hit book shelves until 2016! That hasn't stopped the Weinstein Co. from optioning the upcoming novel — Oh, the pressure! — and getting writer/director Ted Melfi to adapt and direct the film. Melfi is in demand right now as the creative force behind St. Vincent.
From Little, Brown & Company 
The author of THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK is back with what early readers in New York and L.A. are calling the high-water mark of his young adult career.
Meet Nanette O’Hare, an unassuming teen who has been playing the role of dutiful daughter and conscientious student-athlete. When a beloved teacher gives her his dog-eared copy of THE BUBBLEGUM REAPER—the mysterious out-of-print cult-classic—the rebel within Nanette awakens. But she learns there is a high price to pay, as she befriends the reclusive local author, experiments with a young Bukowski-quoting poet, and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon.
A celebration of the self and the formidable power of story, this is Matthew Quick at his finest.
Looks like I've got a bunch of Quick's books to catch up on. Can I get a little help here? Which book should I tackle first? The timing couldn't be better, I'm working on my Christmas wish list.

Source: Deadline 

1 comment:

  1. I'm...not a fan, I'm sorry to say. Didn't care much for the film of Silver Linings Playbook and still can't see what all of the award attention was for, despite generally liking the two stars in the film. I also read The Good Luck of Right Now and couldn't get past the premise of it all -- in fact, I felt like I was reading a redux of the same male protagonist from Silver Linings.

    But I reckon that different tastes are part of what makes the world go 'round, eh?

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