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Mr. and Mrs. Adam Scott Are Gettin’ Rad and Adapting Chuck Klosterman’s ‘Downtown Owl’

The past few years have seen Adam Scott go from bit actor to actor in demand. It turns out the Parks and Recreation regular isn’t content to just be one of the most successful comic actors on the planet, however, he’s also got some filmmaking skills he wants to introduce to the world – so he and his writer wife, Naomi Scott, have started Gettin’ Rad Productions, a company whose main goal is to facilitate them in making cool stuff. Before you ask, yes, Scott knows how ridiculous that sounds. He calls GRP a name that’s “both stupid and aspirational.”

What kind of stuff are the duo going to be working on? Well, it turns out you might have already seen their first project, that Adult Swim special that turned out to be a shot-for-shot remake of the Simon & Simon opening credits starring Adam and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm:

And while, yes, GRP does plan on recreating more obscure TV show openings in the future, as well as doing some more specials for Adult Swim and even looking into other television opportunities, they also plan on dipping their toes into the world of feature films. THR reports that the company has optioned the rights to Chuck Klosterman’s first novel, “Downtown Owl,” and have hired screenwriter Oren Uziel to adapt it into a screenplay.

Amazon’s description of Klosterman’s novel reads as follows:

“Somewhere in North Dakota, there is a town called Owl that isn’t there. Disco is over, but punk never happened. They don’t have cable. They don’t really have pop culture, unless you count grain prices and alcoholism. People work hard and then they die. They hate the government and impregnate teenage girls. But that’s not nearly as awful as it sounds; in fact, sometimes it’s perfect.

Mitch Hrlicka lives in Owl. He plays high school football and worries about his weirdness, or lack thereof. Julia Rabia just moved to Owl. She gets free booze and falls in love with a self-loathing bison farmer who listens to “Goats Head Soup.” Horace Jones has resided in Owl for seventy-three years. He consumes a lot of coffee, thinks about his dead wife, and understands the truth. They all know each other completely, except that they’ve never met.”

For Scott’s part, he says of the book, “It’s lovely and moving and funny. We just thought it’s a really great story about people that I relate to but also small enough that it would make a good first film out of the gate for us.”

What do you think? Do the Scotts have what it takes to quickly become the coolest husband/wife duo in Hollywood, or is it still too soon to tell? And does knowing Adam is married in real life take a little of the magic away from his awkward, bumbling, onscreen attempts at wooing women?

Side Note: Those interested in Downtown Owl should check out our entry Print to Projector: Downtown Owl to see how we think Chuck Klosterman’s book should be made into a film. We had Coen Brothers in mind.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at templeofreviews.com

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