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Richard Linklater to Direct 'Where'd You Go Bernadette' Adaptation

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February 25, 2015
Source: THR

Where'd You Go Bernadette / Richard Linklater

Even though director Richard Linklater didn't take home an Oscar last weekend, he's not letting it get him down. The Boyhood helmer is already in post-production on That's What I'm Talking About, the spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused, and in some ways could also be considered a follow-up to his recent 12-year project. But now THR reports Linklater is in talks to direct Where'd You Go Bernadette, an adaptation of Maria Semple's books of the same name set up at Annapurna Pictures. The book has already been adapted by The Fault in Our Stars writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, so it's ready.

For those who haven't heard of the book, here's the official synopsis:

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

The book unfolds by letting the reader check out these e-mails, letters, FBI documentary, correspondence with a psychiatrist and much more. Sounds like a unique experience in book form, but on the big screen, will probably unfold as a more traditional sort of mystery, but with an interesting family angle. It sounds like there's a great role here for a young actress as well to turn in a breakthrough performance. Linklater is already used to work with Annapurna since they're backing That's What I'm Talking About, so it sounds like it's only a matter of time before a deal is reached for him to direct this one. Sound good?

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  • ari smulders
    interesting indeed!
  • DAVIDPD
    Linklater can make most things good. I hope he can work his magic here too. It already sounds pretty good.
  • cuckoozey
    Sounds unusually plot-heavy for Linklater, looking forward to it and That's What I'm Talking About...definitely one of the more interesting filmmakers working today.

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