Don DeLillo is among our most acclaimed living novelists, but also one of our least frequently adapted. Alex Ross Perry acquired the rights to “The Names” last year and Benoît Jacquot premiered his adaptation of “The Body Artist” at the Venice Film Festival in September, but to date none of DeLillo’s best-known works — namely “White Noise,” “Libra” and “Underworld” — have made their way to the silver screen. That’s set to change with the news that Uri Singer has optioned the rights to “White Noise,” with “Experimenter” writer/director Michael Almereyda set to adapt the screenplay.
“I think the book combines a sense of humor with a sense of menace. The book has great dialogue and features many cinematic episodes,” says Singer in a statement. “It radiates an appreciation of American life but also elements of satire. There’s a central love story between a husband and wife, but with an awareness of the secrets and fears that they keep from one another.” Singer and Almereyda have collaborated three times already: on “Experimenter,” “Marjorie Prime” and the forthcoming “Tesla.”
With bleak humor and elegant prose, “White Noise” follows a professor of Hitler Studies at a fictional liberal-arts college whose fear of death comes to a head when an alarming incident that comes to be known as the Airborne Toxic Event throws his life into disarray. DeLillo’s most recent novel, “Zero K,” was published earlier this year.