The immensely talented Brie Larson, who’s just coming off two back-to-back performances in The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12, is in talks to star in the adaptation of Matthew Quick’s novel The Good Luck of Right Now for DreamWorks. Little Miss Sunshine’s Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris will direct the adaptation from a script by Mike White (School of Rock and Enlightened).
For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?
Bartholomew thinks he’s found a clue when he discovers a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother’s underwear drawer. In her final days, mom called him Richard—there must be a cosmic connection. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life, writing Richard Gere a series of highly intimate letters. Jung and the Dalai Lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But mostly the letters reveal one man’s heartbreakingly earnest attempt to assemble a family of his own.
A struggling priest, a “Girlbrarian,” her feline-loving, foul-mouthed brother, and the spirit of Richard Gere join the quest to help Bartholomew. In a rented Ford Focus, they travel to Canada to see the cat Parliament and find his biological father…and discover so much more.
With the source material as well as the talent involved, this has tremendous potential to be something truly noteworthy. Quick’s novel, in which this film will be based on, will hit the shelves on February 11th. Make sure to check back for more details on The Good Luck of Right Now as they come our way.