It appears that filmmaker Nicole Holofcener has settled on her next feature. Coming off the success of the sweet and endearing Enough Said, Holofcener will be turning her attention to an adaptation of Ted Thompson’s novel The Land of Steady Habits for Fox Searchlight. Thompson broke the news on his blog (via The Playlist), saying the Please Give filmmaker will write and direct the story of a man in his early 60s who abandons his career and family in Connecticut for a new condo and a new life, only to realize that the world he rejected just might be the one he needs. This sounds right up Holofcener’s alley, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what kind of cast she puts together.
There’s no word on how soon Fox Searchlight plans to start production, but it sure looks like this could be Holofcener’s next film. Read a synopsis for the book after the jump.
Anders Hill, entering his early sixties and seemingly ensconced in the “land of steady habits”–a nickname for the affluent, morally strict hamlets of Connecticut that dot his commuter rail line–abandons his career and family for a new condo and a new life. Stripped of the comforts of his previous identity, Anders turns up at a holiday party full of his ex-wife’s friends and is suprised to find that the very world he rejected may be one he needs.
Thus Anders embarks on a clumsy, hilarious, and heartbreaking journey to reconcile his past with his present. Like the early work of John Updike, Ted Thompson’s first novel finely observes a man in deep conflict with his community. With compassion for its characters and fresh insight into the American tradition of the “suburban narrative,” THE LAND OF STEADY HABITS introduces an auspicious talent [BN.com]