Don DeLillo’s novel White Noise could be soon heading to the big screen.
BB Film Productions, the banner run by Uri Singer, has picked up film rights to DeLillo’s 1985 breakout, setting Michael Almereyda to write the script.
The book tells the story of a professor of Hitler studies at a Midwestern liberal arts college whose life is changed when an industrial accident unleashes a noxious chemical cloud over his town. A whole host of characters are then forced to deal with the ramifications.
Almereyda and Singer have worked together several times before, including collaborating on 2015’s Experimenter, starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder, and the recently wrapped Marjorie Prime, which stars Geena Davis, Tim Robbins, Lois Smith and Jon Hamm. The two also are developing a biopic about Nicola Tesla.
In making the announcement Monday, Singer praised the novel’s critique of America’s rampant consumerism, saying, “It radiates an appreciation of American life but also elements of satire.”
Singer’s BB Film previously produced Open Road, starring Andy Garcia and Juliette Lewis.
Almereyda may be best known for writing and directing 2000’s Hamlet, which starred Ethan Hawke.
DeLillo is repped by Amy Schiffman at Intellectual Property Group and Robin Straus at The Wallace Agency.