January 8, 2013 at 4:07 PM
‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ coming to screen
A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about the experience of reading a book that you just know would make a great movie . That book, for the record, was Patricia Highsmith’s “Dark Water,” and nobody seems to have jumped on my suggestion. BUT, last week I read a terrific book set in our own Emerald City: “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” written by former TV writer and present local Maria Semple, tells the satirical tale (via email, memos, etc.) of a reclusive Los Angeles architect who moves to Seattle — and hates it. (Her descriptions of Seattle private schools are deliciously wicked.) Now comes word today that a movie’s on the way: Film rights to the book have been picked up by the production companies Annapurna Pictures and Color Force,with a lineup of producers whose credits include “The Hunger Games,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Master” and “True Grit.” Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (“(500) Days of Summer”) are signed to write the screenplay; Semple will also be an executive producer. If they do it right, this could be a pretty funny movie; stay tuned.