'September Issue' Director to Adapt 'Fabulous Nobodies' Novel Next
After delivering a spectacular documentary with The September Issue, director R.J. Cutler is heading back into narrative feature territory. Deadline reports the filmmaker is signed on to direct an adaptation of Lee Tulloch's novel Fabulous Nobodies. This will be the first scripted project from Cutler, but shares some traits with the aforementioned Vogue documentary because the social satire deals with some trendy fashions in the heart of New York during the 1980's where the downtown club scene produced some of the most outrageous, but memorable and iconic fashions that would become a staple of that decade around the world.
Here's a rundown of the story that Cutler is adapting for the big screen:
"Life is cruel to people who aren't fabulous," sniffs 20-year-old Manhattanite Reality Nirvana Tuttle. In this lighthearted yet devastatingly accurate and witty social satire, former fashion editor Tulloch parodies hip young New Yorkers like Reality whose lives revolve around superficialities--wearing the right outfits, patronizing the in clubs, socializing with the right people and becoming "fabulous." Fashion is sublime to narrator Reality, who names each of her "frocks" and sports a tattoo of the Chanel logo. As the "doorwhore" at a trendy nightclub called Less Is More, she haughtily decides who is garbed bizarrely enough to merit admittance. Outrageous '60s chic usually wins approval; demurely clad Jackie Onassis is unceremoniously banished. When she isn't working or scheming to get herself into Frenzee magazine, Reality cavorts with an editor of Perfect Woman who slavishly emulates the gamin look of Audrey Hepburn, and with a transvestite who owns a dog named Cristobal Balenciaga. Tulloch's cutting humor suffuses every detail, though she imparts a noteworthy message: celebrity, like its arbiters and opulent symbols, is vacuous, transient and pathetically overrated.
Sounds like it could be a great scripted debut for Cutler. His documentary was quite riveting even though I have almost zero interest in the fashion world. Of course, Anna Wintour seems like a character taken out of a film or book, so the compelling material was already there. Still, I always like seeing a successful documentary filmmaker step into unfamiliar territory. Seth Gordon (King of Kong) made the same move, and while his action produced the terrible holiday comedy Four Christmases, there's still hope for him and Cutler to make some great narrative features in the future. What do you think?