Warner Brothers Developing Drink, Play, F@#k Adaptation
by Alex Billington
August 4, 2008
The title of this book, Drink, Play, F@#k, is probably enough to grab your attention, but when when you find out more about this comedy, you may genuinely be interested. The book is a response to Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir Eat, Pray, Love, which tells the story of her quest to find peace after a painful divorce by seeking culinary solace in Italy, spiritual comfort in India and a romantic respite in Indonesia. On the flip side, Andrew Gottlieb's book, which is not at all directly connected and doesn't hit bookshelves until next January, tells the story of a man seeking solace after his wife leaves him, in which he goes on a drinking spree in Ireland, takes a gambling jaunt to Las Vegas and a embarks on a sex-tourism trip to Thailand. And if that's not enough, Paramount and Warner Bros. will be going head-to-head with adaptations of each.
There's not much additional commentary to add to this news, but I since the title itself already gave me a smile, I thought I should mention it. Plus I love studio rivalries, and seeing Paramount adapt Eat, Pray, Love and now Warner Brothers adapt Drink, Play, F@#k, I smile even more with visions of marketing battles and publicity stunts. This does sound a bit like an answer to Darko Entertainment's adaptation of Tucker Max's book I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, a similar story about a guy who abandons his friends at a wedding in pursuit of "carnal interest." Unfortunately I've heard that film is pretty awful, so hopefully these two books turn out to be much more worthwhile adaptations. Anyone else interested?