June 1, 2007
Miramax films has optioned the rights to Marisha Pessl's Special Topics in Calamity Physics, a book I'm halfway through right now, and with which I am having a love-hate relationship. Part of me hates it because it's more brilliantly written than anything I could ever do, and part of me hates it because it sometimes seems to try too hard with the clever metaphors, and part of me hates it because its plot is a little too reminiscent of Donna Tartt's "The Secret History," at least where things currently stand. (i.e., clique of cool kids at smarty-pants school and someone ends up dead...) In any case, this book has so much working in its favor, and it makes ME feel like part of the Blueblood "in crowd" when I get the obscure references. I'm thinking the female half of Brangelina could make a nice Hannah Schneider (or maybe Jennifer Connelly). I strangely picture David Duchovny as Blue's dad (Yeah, weird, I know. But Clooney would be too obvious and distracting). Haven't decided yet who I'd cast for Blue. Would love to hear your ideas.