Ever since the box office and critical success of David O. Russell‘s adaptation of Matthew Quick‘s “Silver Linings Playbook,” Hollywood has been eager to bring more of the author’s work to the big screen. Channing Tatum wants to make his directorial debut with “Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock,” Brie Larson signed on for “The Good Luck Of Right Now” (though there hasn’t been much word on that project in a while), at one point, Sam Raimi lined up “Love May Fail.” Well, Raimi is no longer involved with the latter, but the project has just landed a big name.
Emma Stone will star in the movie, which has a screenplay by Mike White (who penned the adaptation of “The Good Luck Of Right Now,” so clearly he clicks with Quick’s material). The story focuses on a recently divorced woman who returns to her hometown to clear the name of her English teacher. Here’s the book synopsis:
An aspiring feminist and underappreciated housewife embarks on an odyssey to find human decency and goodness — and her high school English teacher — in New York Times bestselling author Matthew Quick’s offbeat masterpiece, a quirky ode to love, fate, and hair metal.
Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking to find the goodness in the world she believes still exists, Portia sets off to save herself by saving someone else — a beloved high school English teacher who has retired after a horrific scandal.
Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metal-head little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt her chances on this madcap quest to restore a good man’s reputation and find renewed hope in the human race? Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know (deep down) you are meant to be.
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That’s a whole lotta quirk, but let’s hope the screenplay keeps it manageable. No director yet, but presumably once one comes aboard, this one will start moving. [Deadline]