Maria Semple’s 2012 novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) is being adapted into a film, with Oscar-nominated Richard Linklater lined up to direct.
The book is being adapted by Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber, who also wrote the screenplay for last year’s film adaptation of John Green’s bestselling YA novel, The Fault in Our Stars (Penguin). According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film is being financed by independent film production and distribution company, Annapurna Pictures, who co-produced “American Hustle” and “Foxcatcher”.
Linklater, who was nominated in the Best Director and Best Film categories for his coming-of-age film “Boyhood”, is in talks to direct.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette tells the story of how eccentric, revolutionary architect Bernadette Fox leaves her family and career behind. It’s told from the perspective of her 15-year-old daughter Bee, who travels to the Antarctic to try to find her. The book is told through a variety of different forms including instant messages, letters, doctor’s reports and a TED talk. It won the Melissa Nathan Award for comedy fiction in 2013 and was shortlisted for the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction.
It has sold 34,285 copies through Nielsen BookScan.
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