Lake Bell Lines Up Sophomore Directing Gig 'The Emperor's Children'

August 27, 2014
Source: THR

Lake Bell

If you haven't taken the time to seek out the impressive indie comedy In a World, directed by and starring "Children's Hospital" regular Lake Bell, then you should try to rectify that as soon as you can. In the meantime, THR reports Bell has lined up her sophomore directing effort in the form of an adaptation of Claire Messud's 2007 novel The Emperor's Children. Imagine Entertainment is producing the film with a script coming from Noah Baumbach, writer/director of Frances Ha and Greenberg, who was previously attached to direct the story of the lives of three friends near their thirties, barely making their way in NYC.

More specifically, the book follows three entitled but unsuccessful characters who orbit the life of a famous journalist in the months before and after the events of 9/11, that is until two new people enter their social group and threaten to throw everything into upheaval. That certainly sounds different than Bell's feature debut, and is right in line with what we would expect from Baumbach. There's no cast on board the film yet, but considering the kind of talent that turned up for Bell's first film, she shouldn't have any problem rounding up some great names, especially with Imagine Entertainment backing the film.

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Reader Feedback - 3 Comments


She's a robo-babe. In Latin, she would be called "babia majora".

Xerxexx on Aug 27, 2014


Baumbach is an interesting director. I still haven't decided he is excellent. But I think there is something to his directing style.

DAVIDPD on Aug 27, 2014


C'mon, the reviews for this book confirm the pretentious sounding premise. With Baumbach writing the script, it sounds depressingly like 'first world New Yorker problems'. Then again, I guess they say to write, or direct, what you know...

Swanland on Aug 28, 2014

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