A Bookish Sundance

revised-fundamentalsThe Sundance Film Festival’s Closing Night Film premieres tonight, The Fundamentals of Caring, starring Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez.

Acquired by Netflix in advance of the Festival, the movie reflects two major trends in the film business today — book adaptations are big (this one is adapted from Jonathan Evison’s The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving) and streaming services are shelling out big money for them. Also reflecting those trends is another buzzy Park City title, the adaptation of a little-known Jane Austen novella (see our previous story).

On a panel yesterday, Fundamental‘s director Rob Burnett noted that the novel’s subject matter may seem grim. Sorting through several potential books, he joked,  “I said I’d like to buy the one where the guy kills his child by mistake and takes care of a guy with muscular dystrophy” but added that he saw something in it that “I thought I could make funny and inspirational.”

To see the full range of books being adapted to movies, check our list of  Upcoming Movie & TV Adaptations as well as our list of Upcoming Tie-ins.

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