Exciting book news everyone! The quirky family story Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is coming to a big screen. Famed director Richard Linklater best known for his movies Boyhood, Dazed and Confused, and School of Rock is expected to bring this story to life. It is currently in pre-production so a release date is still up in the air. Two of my favorite actresses are in negotiations to star in the film. Kristin Wiig from SNL, Bridesmaids, Despicable Me and many other fun movies and TV is set to play Audrey and Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett will play the title character Bernadette. For those of you unfamiliar with this story, here is an article from Deadline.com with more information. Below that I will post the book synopsis and a purchase link to Amazon.
EXCLUSIVE: Kristen Wiig is in negotiations to star in Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go Bernadette? Annapurna and Nina Jacobson’s Color Force are producing. The drama follows a once famous Los Angeles architect-turned-recluse who disappears, prompting her techie husband and her 15 year-old daughter Bee to go on a quest to find her. It is expected to go before the cameras this summer.
The character that Wiig will play is the neighbor Audrey, an uptight and intense mother who annoys Bernadette. She is one of the gnats of Seattle who the main character cannot stand and Wiig’s character puts a priority on making life difficult for Bernadette. She also takes pride in her garden and is devastated when Bernadette ruins it.
The story follows an impatient and nervous wife, mother, dog owner and bibliophile who dislikes Seattle. She has suffered four miscarriages and her only friend is a virtual assistant. She becomes a recluse and disappears right before the family is to go on a vacation to Antarctica.
The latest draft is written by Holly Gent Palmo and Vince Palmo (with Linklater); previous writers were Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber. Producers are Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force Productions with Linklater. Semple wrote the best-selling 2012 book of the same name on which the film is based.
Wiig’s name has been pretty much synonymous with comedy after leaving Saturday Night Live and heading to Hollywood. However, as of late, she has taken on both dramatic (Welcome to Me) and comedic roles (Bridesmaids). Wiig, who was nominated for an Oscar for her Bridesmaids screenplay, has since worked with some pretty substantial filmmakers including Ridley Scott, Alexander Payne and Darren Aronofsky. She also has small roles in upcoming films Despicable Me 3, Downsizing and Mother. Wiig is repped by UTA.
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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.