Middlesex

This is actually sort of brilliant. Variety reports that Sony and Scott Rudin Productions are in “early talks” with filmmaker Greg Mottola to pen their adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’s “The Marriage Plot.” As of now, word is that Mottola would both write and produce, though he’d be a surprisingly great pick to direct the film. Why, you may ask? Why would the dude who directed Superbad be a good bet to craft a big screen adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s latest work? It’s simple. Mottola knows how to make audiences care about assholes. And, good God almighty, are the characters in “The Marriage Plot” assholes.

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It may come as a huge surprise to some of you that we here at Film School Rejects also like to (occasionally) put down our tablets and iPhones and Boysenberries and iWhatevers and lappytops and actually pick up a real book instead – made of paper and everything! And we’d like you to take some time to flip through some bound pages and acquire knowledge the old-fashioned way. That said, may I humbly recommend Jeffrey Eugenides‘ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Middlesex“? Eugenides’ debut novel, “The Virgin Suicides,” is a particular favorite of mine. If you’re book-adverse, you may still recognize it from the big screen – Sofia Coppola adapted it for her feature debut. Talk about a book about virginity (guffaw). The author has also recently published his third novel, “The Marriage Plot,” just last month. But why then am I recommending his middle novel, the heavy hitter, the tome, Eugenides’ crack at an epic? Why not one of the smaller, simpler ones? Because it’s the best one. A big, sprawling, time-spanning epic about the Stephanides family and their trials, tribulations, and stunning mistakes, “Middlesex” center on Eugenides’ most fully formed and sympathetic character, Calliope “Cal” Stephanides. Eugenides knows how to steadily build his characters, but Cal is an entity unto herself. Or, if you know more about the book, to himself. Intrigued yet?

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published: 12.19.2014
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