Greg Mottola Adapting Novel The Marriage Plot For Scott Rudin

By Katey Rich 2012-05-16 12:05:01discussion comments
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Author Jeffrey Eugenides, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Middlesex, had another hit recently with The Marriage Plot, a novel about both a love triangle at a college campus and the analysis of literature that was in vogue in the early 1980s. It was the kind of book that certain groups of people couldn't stop talking about, and when books become that popular, the movie adaptation is never far away. It's no 50 Shades of Grey or Harry Potter-level phenomenon, but there are plenty of people who are going to be interested all the same.

Now Variety reports that adaptation is indeed going forward, with Greg Mottola, who made the comedies Paul, Adventureland and Superbad, on board to adapt the book and produce. He's not currently committed to directing it, but he's also not committed to anything else in the future, so it's possibly he's on board with the idea of directing depending on how the script turns out. Scot Rudin, who is no stranger to literary adaptations, is on board as a producer; his last effort to adapt an acclaimed novel to the screen, the planned series of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections at HBO, was given a pass by the network, so he's likely hoping for a little more success this time around.

Mottola may be most famous for his sillier comedies like Superbad and Paul, but both Adventureland and his breakthrough film The Daytrippers were intertwined with real drama, to the point that a stretch like The Marriage Plot might be great for him. We'll probably have to wait a while to know if Mottola will in fact take the directing job, but it's encouraging to know that after a mild misfire like Paul, he can pick back up with a project even more promising.
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