Closer to Screen: FAMILY FANG

Family FangAfter no news for two years, it appears that the adaptation of the comic novel, The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson (HarperCollins/Ecco, 2011) is moving forward.

Nicole Kidman optioned it a couple of months after it was published, with plans to star. The Playlist just announced that she has hired Jason Bateman as the film’s director. Better known as an actor, Bateman made his debut as a director with Bad Words, which was shown at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

For those unfamiliar with the book, it has nothing to do with vampires, but with a quirky family of performance artists. The book received strong reviews when it was published, including Maureen Corrigan who was a fan,

…it’s such a minty fresh delight to open up Kevin Wilson’s debut novel, The Family Fang, and feel the revitalizing blast of original thought, robust invention, screwball giddiness. Every copy of The Family Fang sold in August should have a sticker on it imprinted with the life-giving invitation that used to be issued on movie marquees in summertime during the dawn of the air-conditioning age: ‘Come on in! It’s cooool inside!’

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