Author Jonathan Ames Adapating His Novel 'Wake Up, Sir!'
Author Jonathan Ames has written in almost every format under the sun from novels to stage plays and memoirs to comics, but recently he made the jump to writing for TV and cinema. Not only is he the creator of the HBO series "Bored to Death" (starring Jason Schwartzman), but an adaptation of one of his novels, The Extra Man, starring John C. Reilly and Paul Dano is already in post-production. The Gothamist reports (via SlashFilm) that Ames is in the midst of adapting another of his novels, Wake Up, Sir! for hopeful production in 2010 and there's interest in a possible film based on his comic strip The Alcoholic as well.
Ames didn't offer any specifics on the two upcoming projects other than that he is looking to do one more revision on the Wake Up, Sir! script which follows New Jersey resident Alan Blair who failed to follow his first novel, I Pity I, published seven years ago, with a second. The thirty-something alcoholic has conflict at his "home" living with his aunt and uncle until he uses a huge amount of money from an accident settlement to set out with his recently hired valet Jeeves to attend an artists' colony in upstate New York. Cue the misadventures of art, sex and larceny!
Meanwhile, The Alcoholic tells the story of Ames' alter ego, Jonathan A., and his self-destructive love affair with the bottle. Jonathan's taste for liquor begins, as for many with his affliction, during illicit high-school parties. From there, his binges follow their own unique trajectory, keeping pace with an undistinguished college career and following him into an oddly successful livelihood as writer of hard-boiled detective fiction. Sounds similar to "Bored to Death" but it seems like all of his works have a semi-autobiographical, drunken nature to them.
As none of these projects have been officially nabbed by studios or production companies, I think it's safe to say that their future is riding on the success of the awaited release of The Extra Man, which Ames says he's "hoping that it will make it into theaters in 2010." But if the acclaim for "Bored to Death" is any indicator, I think Ames' work will find the right audience. We'll be keeping our eyes on both of these upcoming projects.