Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris Giving Brie Larson Some 'Good Luck'
by Ethan Anderton
January 29, 2014
In a collection of fantastic indie talent, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby Sparks) are going to direct Brie Larson (Short Term 12, 21 Jump Street) in an adaptation of The Good Luck of Right Now, based on the book of the same name by Matthew Quick, author of Silver Linings Playbook. In addition, THR reports it will be School of Rock and "Enlightened" writer Mike White who will adapt the book, and Bruce Cohen, who produced the adaptation of Silver Linings Playbook, will take the same job in this new project set up at DreamWorks. This seriously is a spectacular assembly of people.
The book doesn't hit shelves until February, but here's the official synopsis:
For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?
Bartholomew thinks he’s found a clue when he discovers a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother’s underwear drawer. In her final days, mom called him Richard—there must be a cosmic connection. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life, writing Richard Gere a series of highly intimate letters. Jung and the Dalai Lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But mostly the letters reveal one man’s heartbreakingly earnest attempt to assemble a family of his own.
A struggling priest, a “Girlbrarian,” her feline-loving, foul-mouthed brother, and the spirit of Richard Gere join the quest to help Bartholomew. In a rented Ford Focus, they travel to Canada to see the cat Parliament and find his biological father…and discover so much more.
With source material coming from a bestselling author, and a leading lady in Brie Larson, definitely on her way to the top, this sounds pretty damn great. Plus, Dayton & Faris have only turned in a couple feature films, but each has been special it its own way. Little Miss Sunshine was an indie darling and Ruby Sparks deserved much more attention that it received. With a script from Mike White, this should be a worthy adaptation, and with someone like Bruce Cohen producing, we might be looking at the early makings of a potential Oscar contender when the time comes. Interested?