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Annapurna and Color Force Ask ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ to ‘(500) Days of Summer’ Writers

Written by on August 28, 2012 

Annapurna have a special place in many film lovers’ heart’s for their work with the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze, Kathryn Bigelow, or even John Hillcoat. A couple of those filmmakers were only able to survive thanks to Megan Ellison‘s vast financial wealth and strong taste, both of which have made her as respected as the company she helps maintain.

The latest endeavors of Annapurna earn some instant trust on our own part — so take this Deadline news a little seriously, will you? They’ve been told that Ellison and Color Force have purchased screen rights to Maria Semple‘s “serio-comic” novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette — this was done for a fair deal of money, obviously — and are already in talks with (500) Days of Summer scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber to do the adaptation work.

The novel has been receiving high marks from critics, who have commended Semple for intertwining storytelling and character work. This is how Amazon describes it:

“Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle–and people in general–has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence–creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.”

A little bit of a kid’s adventure, then, with what’s possibly just a dash of some dark undertones. Taking that summary, the good word, and Ellison‘s own interests into account, Where’d You Go, Bernadette has already started to leave this writer with a bit of confidence. And it’s not often you can say that at this point.

Have you read the novel? Does it sound like the right material for a film?


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