IN THE WORKS
As of March 7, 2000:
- My third novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, will be published in September. I would describe it a heartbreaking work of staggering genius but the phrase is a bit shopworn these days.
- Curtis (L.A. Confidential) Hanson's version of my second novel, Wonder Boys, starring Michael Douglas (Grady), Frances McDormand (Sara), Robert Downey, Jr. (Crabtree), Tobey Maguire (James Leer), and Rip Torn (Q.), with a screenplay by Steven (Fabulous Baker Boys, Flesh and Bone) Kloves, is now showing at a theater near you. The reviews have been almost uniformly appreciative. The producer is Scott (Searching for Bobby Fisher, Nobody's Fool) Rudin, the cinematographer Dante (L.A. Confidential) Spinotti, and the editor the legendary Dede (Bonnie and Clyde) Allen. The studio is Paramount Pictures.
- Jon Sherman, writer and director of the charming, overlooked independent feature Breathing Room, has written a good screen version of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. The project, which he plans to direct, continues in development. The star of the excellent Rushmore, Jason Schwartzman, has recently signed on to play the role of the oscillatory Art Bechstein.
- A highly mysterious "TV project."
- Nursery Crimes, by my wife, Ayelet Waldman, is due in June 2000 from Berkley; it's a mystery novel, featuring a highly engaging sleuth named Juliet Applebaum, unquestionably the most vastly pregnant detective in the annals of crime. It's a lot of fun.