While author Dave Eggers has made some solid inroads in Hollywood—penning the scripts for “Away We Go” and “Where The Wild Things Are,” and coming up with the story for “Promised Land“—his own works have faced a tougher road when it comes to adapting them to the big screen, though that’s changing. Jonathan Demme‘s “Zeitoun” continues to percolate in development, Tom Tykwer’s “A Hologram For The King,” starring Tom Hanks, just dropped the first image yesterday, and now a long gestating project has some fresh talent involved.
Daniel Radcliffe is in talks to star in an adaptation of Eggers’ acclaimed “You Shall Know Our Velocity.” This one has been kicking around for a while, and at one time Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day“) had been tapped to direct, but it didn’t come together. “I had a crazy idea for how to do it, but at the end of the day, I felt it would be a very difficult thing to pull off,” he told us in 2011. “It would involve celebrities trying to fake their own death. I’ve moved on.”
In his first novel, Dave Eggers has written a moving and hilarious tale of two friends who fly around the world trying to give away a lot of money and free themselves from a profound loss. It reminds us once again what an important, necessary talent Dave Eggers is.
So it looks like this project is finally moving—do you like the casting? Can Sollett do Eggers justice? Weigh in below.