'Edge of Seventeen' Filmmaker, Chernin Entertainment Team for 'Wild Game'
Chernin used its discretionary fund to plunk down six figures for the memoir by lit editor Adrienne Brodeur.
Kelly Fremon Craig, the filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama The Edge of Seventeen, is set to tackle a feature adaptation of Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me, a memoir by writer and literary editor Adrienne Brodeur.
Chernin Entertainment, using its discretionary fund, beat out several studio suitors to preemptively pick up the rights to the tome, which was one of the top sales during 2017's Frankfurt Book Fair, with Houghton Mifflin paying out a seven-figure advance.
Wild Game tells the story of Brodeur’s relationship with her complicated and charismatic mother, Malabar, who embroiled her daughter in her extramarital love affair at a young age, taking over her life and self, until the author gradually grasped the reins on her own story and identity.
Chernin Entertainment will produce with 20th Century Fox holding the rights to finance and distribute the project
Brodeur is the executive director of Aspen Words, a literary nonprofit and program of the Aspen Institute. She founded the fiction magazine Zoetrope: All-Story with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, which has twice won the National Magazine Award for fiction. She was also an acquiring editor for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has served as a judge for the National Book Award and the National Magazine Award, among others. Brodeur is repped by ICM and The Book Group.
Fremon Craig garnered attention when she wrote and directed 2016’s Seventeen, which starred Hailee Steinfeld and was produced by James L. Brooks. The movie earned her a DGA nomination for outstanding directorial achievement for a first-time feature film. The Wild Game deal marks her first feature project since making Seventeen. She is repped by UTA, Kaplan/Perrone and Hansen Jacobson.