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Richard Linklater might be moving from one unconventional family narrative to another. After spending 12 years shooting the Oscar best picture nominee Boyhood, the director is in talks to helm Where’d You Go, Bernadette for Annapurna Pictures.
The film is based on Maria Semple‘s 2012 best-seller that unfolds in its own quirky way — via emails, letters, FBI documents, correspondence with a psychiatrist and a bill for an emergency room visit involving the titular character.
Semple’s novel, which was adapted for Annaupurna by Fault in Our Stars writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, centers on an agoraphobic architect and mother named Bernadette Branch who goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica. The book is narrated by her 15-year-old daughter Bee Branch.
Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson (The Hunger Games) are producing alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison. Color Force’s Bryan Unkeless is executive producing.
Linklater has become one of the hottest directors in town as Boyhood became the best reviewed film of the year and a strong Oscar contender (Patricia Arquette won the best supporting actress award for her performance as a single mother in the film). Linklater’s awards-season haul included best director honors from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and BAFTA. Boyhood took home best picture drama at the Golden Globes as well. He’s already in business with Ellison, having recently wrapped his upcoming baseball film That’s What I’m Talking About for Annapurna.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette spent 72 weeks on NPR’s paperback fiction best-seller list. Semple, a TV writer-turned-author, has written for such series as Beverly Hills, 90210; Mad About You and Arrested Development.
Linklater is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and attorney John Sloss.
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