Tuesday, October 18, 2016

White Noise by Don DeLillo Getting a Big Screen Adaptation


Good news for Don DeLillo fans. The revered writer—the Pulitzer Prize winning author turns eighty this November and is still writing—is having his National Book Award winning White Noise adapted for the screen. The project will be scripted by Michael Almereyda who has collaborated with producer Uri Singer three times already: on “Experimenter,” “Marjorie Prime” and the forthcoming “Tesla.”

From the publisher—
Winner of the 1985 National Book Award, White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, his fourth wife, Babette, and four ultramodern offspring as they navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism.

From the producer, Uri Singer—
“I think the book combines a sense of humor with a sense of menace. The book has great dialogue and features many cinematic episodes,” says Singer in a statement. “It radiates an appreciation of American life but also elements of satire. There’s a central love story between a husband and wife, but with an awareness of the secrets and fears that they keep from one another.” 

Are you a DeLillo fan? I’ve just scanned the first paragraph of White Noise and I’m loving the vibe.  

THE STATION WAGONS arrived at noon, a long shining line that coursed through the west campus. In single file they eased around the orange I-beam sculpture and moved toward the dormitories. The roofs of the station wagons were loaded down with carefully secured suitcases full of light and heavy clothing; with boxes of blankets, boots and shoes, stationery and books, sheets, pillows, quilts; with rolled-up rugs and sleeping bags; with bicycles, skis, rucksacks, English and Western saddles, inflated rafts. As cars slowed to a crawl and stopped, students sprang out and raced to the rear doors to begin removing the objects inside; the stereo sets, radios, personal computers; small refrigerators and table ranges; the cartons of phonograph records and cassettes; the hairdryers and styling irons; the tennis rackets, soccer balls, hockey and lacrosse sticks, bows and arrows; the controlled substances, the birth control pills and devices; the junk food still in shopping bags—onion-and-garlic chips, nacho thins, peanut creme patties, Waffelos and Kabooms, fruit chews and toffee popcorn; the Dum-Dum pops, the Mystic mints.
That’s the voice of the book’s protagonist, Jack Gladney, chairman of an east coast college’s Department of Hitler Studies.

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