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Mike White Jumps Back to Films By Adapting ‘Good Luck of Right Now,’ from ‘Silver Linings’ Author

Written by on March 21, 2013 

Since the experience of seeing your acclaimed show get cancelled, right in its supposed prime, is crushing in ways we have zero grasp of, we can salute Mike White for maintaining the working spirit. Making what is, now, a rather understandable jump back to the world of film, Variety tell us the Enlightened creator has been contracted, by DreamWorks, to adapt The Good Luck of Right Now, an upcoming novel from The Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick; David O. Russell, of course, dropped the definite article from that latter book, made a movie out of it, then got nominated for a number of Academy Awards. HBO be damned, things might actually be going well for White, after all.

Scripting is a definite requirement in the contract, though the matter of directing remains slightly open-ended, if only because it’s not directly mentioned. This isn’t a creative who speaks to us as a visual stylist, though he’s not exactly an “unexperienced” voice behind the camera, either, having already tackled a feature (Year of the Dog) and several episodes spread across Enlightened‘s two seasons. Further emboldening the possibility is Right Now‘s (seemingly) small-scale nature, what with the logline promising a picture about “intertwined lives of four people, who are all outsiders in their own right. However, in the wake of grieving over pain and loss in their lives, they come together to form the most unlikely family.”

White‘s handling of interpersonal relationships made for a key point of praise on Enlightened, and a number of critics were taken with the character dynamics in Silver Linings Playbook — so, all that being known, The Good Luck of Right Now has a lot going in its camp. And, for what it’s worth (not much), you can talk about a mixed week for one guy.

What is your impression of White’s next project? Has his work been to your liking?

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