Nicole Kidman and her Blossom Films partner Per Saari have acquired the screen rights to Kevin Wilson’s bestselling novel The Family Fang. Deadline reports that the two will develop the pic as a starring vehicle for Kidman. The book centers on two grown children of a performance artist family. When the adult children return home in a state of crisis, they’re roped into helping their parents in the execution of a mysterious final performance that promises to be the act of a lifetime. Kidman will produce alongside Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech. The actress recently wrapped Oldboy director Park Chan-wook’s English language debut Stoker, as well as Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy. I’ve yet to read Wilson’s novel, but have heard nothing but good things about the peculiar book. Hit the jump to read the synopsis for the novel.
For outré performance artists, Caleb and Camille Fang, everything in life is secondary to art, including their children. Annie and Buster (popularly known as Child A. and Child B.) are the unwilling stars of their parents’ chaotically subversive work. Art is truly a family affair for the Fangs. Years later, their lives in disarray, Annie and Buster reluctantly return home in search of sanctuary—only to be caught up in one last performance. The Family Fang sparkles with Kevin Wilson’s inventive dialogue and wonderfully rendered set-pieces that capture the surreal charm of the Fang’s most notable work. With this brilliant novel, the family Fang is destined to join the families Tenenbaum and Bluth as paragons of high dysfunction. [Amazon]