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‘Last Night’ Helmer Massy Tadjedin to Write and Direct ‘The Adults’

Written by on November 19, 2012 

Maybe this is due in part to never having seen The Jacket, but writer-director Massy Tadjedin gave this writer a good first impression with her own romantic drama, Last Night. In following what was a low-key effort, Deadline inform us she’s been contracted (by Electric City) to go a little bigger: she’ll get behind an adaptation of Alison Espach‘s 2011 novel, The Adults, a work that has been gaining some buzz and earning big comparisons in its own lifespan.

The Graduate is one work cited by the film’s producer, Lynette Howell, as the central focus is a woman attempting to make the transition from young adult to out-and-out adult — much like Benjamin Braddock. Things sound to be a little darker here, as The Adults follows Emily Vidal, a teenager who, after seeing a neighbor commit suicide, begins seeing an older man; the mixture sees her life grow increasingly complicated as a result of all this “activity.” Of course, the impending divorce of her parents and all the normal pressures of high school life aren’t helping matters much.

While The Adults should give Tadjedin a lot to handle, this responsibility is a precise selling point for those at Electric City. Producer Jamie Patricof weighed in, saying the work displayed in Last Night convinced them that she’s “the kind of filmmaker who could handle the weight of the book’s moral ambiguity, while sustaining multiple story lines and garnering compelling performances.” There sounds to be enough in Howell‘s writing to make way for both, so I’ll remain confident in how this one comes together.

Were you a fan of Last Night, and do you think Tadjedin is capable of following that up with The Adults?

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