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Rupert Wyatt Makes Marisha Pessl’s ‘Night Film’ His Next

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After rising with Planet of the Apes, Rupert Wyatt is now setting his sights on noir. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director will helm an adaptation of “Night Film,” the forthcoming novel from “Special Topics in Calamity Physics” author Marisha Pessl. So, really, the second bit of good news is that there’s a new book from Marisha Pessl coming out.

Her new story focuses on the suicide of a young woman who was the daughter of an enigmatic horror filmmaker. A journalist investigates whether or not suicide was really the cause of death and finds himself, unsurprisingly, down the rabbit hole of intrigue. Chernin Entertainment has picked it up, and they have a first-look deal with Fox, but there’s currently no writer or studio deal as of yet.

All of this sounds excellent. Pessl is a unique voice that blends quirk and encyclopedic  information into her descriptions, and that tone is especially suited for noir. Now the only question is where our “Calamity Physics” adaptation is. Get it together, producers.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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