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Silver Linings Playbook Author Has A New Adaptation In The Works

Following the stunning success of David O. Russell's adaptation of Silver Linings Playbook last year, yet another book by author Matthew Quick is getting ready to get the Hollywood treatment. According to Deadline, Quick's novel Sorta Like A Rock Star - which was published back in 2010 - has been purchased by Fox Searchlight, and the studio is now planning a big screen version of the story.

The book centers on a high school senior named Amber Appleton, who is one of the most optimistic, cheery people you'll ever get to know - despite living a life deeply affected by hardship. After her mother's boyfriend kicks them out of their house, Amber and her mom are forced to live in a yellow school bus that Amber's mom uses for work. As bad as things already are, however, things get even worse when the protagonist is hit hard by serious tragedy that threatens to destroy her sunny disposition. Screenwriters Laura Sandler and Amanda Harlib, who don't have any feature credits to their name as of yet, wrote the adaptation on spec, but the search is still on for a director.

Quick has become one of the most sought after authors in Hollywood since last year, and this project actually marks the second time a new adaptation has been announced this year. In January we learned that The Good Luck of Right Now, Quick's book about a bi-polar man who is forced to take care of his dementia-stricken mother, is in development over at Dreamworks. Mike White, who is a triple threat as an actor, writer, and a director, has been hired to adapt that particular story, though we haven't heard much about the project in the months since.

Having not read any of Quick's novels, but being a huge fan of the film version of Silver Linings Playbook, I'm curious to see how this new project turns out. As much as I loved the characters and the story in the 2012 film, it was Russell's direction and the absolutely stunning performances from the entire cast that I felt really put the adaptation over the top in terms of quality. Perhaps another great filmmaker will be inspired by Russell's work (and, perhaps, its eight Academy Award nominations) and will turn Sorta Like A Rock Star into a very special film.

With the project having only just been announced it's likely that it will be a while before the wheels behind the film really start turning and we get a better picture of when the movie will actually get made. We'll be following it all the way through development, so stay tuned!

Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.