In 2010, David Lindsay-Abaire scripted the screen adaptation of his award-winning play Rabbit Hole and, in the process, helped earn Nicole Kidman an Academy Award nom. Today comes news that the two will seek to replicate that success, as Lindsay-Abaire has signed on to write the script for The Family Fang, which Kidman will star in. Based on the 2011 Kevin Wilson novel, Fang tells the story of two performance artists who forced their two children to take part in their “madcap pieces;” filled with bitterness and royally messed up, the kids reluctantly return home as adults to find their parents have designs on one last great performance and still intend for their offspring to play an integral role, whether they want to or not. Kidman will play the clan’s matriarch. Hit the jump for more, including a full synopsis of the book.
Per Deadline, Kidman will also produce the film through her Blossom Films label, having optioned the book this past fall. Reading the synopsis, I detected a definite Wes Anderson vibe about The Family Fang. And indeed, the book has yielded similar comparisons from critics, who also describe it as “wildly original,” “delightfully odd,” and packed with “wit and quirky imagination.” This one’s got potential.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Family Fang (via wilsonkevin.com):
Mr. and Mrs. Fang called it art.
Their children called it mischief.
Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist’s work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents’ madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents’ strange world.
When the lives they’ve built come crashing down, brother and sister have nowhere to go but home, where they discover that Caleb and Camille are planning one last performance–their magnum opus–whether the kids agree to participate or not. Soon, ambition breeds conflict, bringing the Fangs to face the difficult decision about what’s ultimately more important: their family or their art.
But before it comes to fruition, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Kidman. She’s already wrapped on the HBO movie Hemingway and Gellhorn with Clive Owen, thriller The Paperboy with Zac Efron and John Cusack, and Chan-wook Park’s horror-thriller, Stoker. Moreover, she’s currently filming drama The Railway Man with Stellan Skarsgård and Colin Firth, and is attached to play Grace Kelly in biopic Grace of Monaco.