Olivia Wilde To Direct Adaptation Of Jennifer Egan’s ‘A Visit From The Goon Squad’ For A24
Thanks to the overwhelming success of Everything Everywhere All At Once, A24 is riding high after sweeping at this year’s Oscars. However, the illustrious studio is also trying its hand at television with the release of its Netflix series Beef. Up next, as first reported by Deadline, A24 will team with Olivia Wilde to produce TV adaptations of Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan’s most acclaimed literary works.
Per the initial report, Widle is already on board to direct and executive produce Egan’s 2011 novel A Visit from the Goon Squad. However, A24 has also acquired the rights to adapt Egan’s 2022 New York Times bestselling follow-up The Candy House as well. Jennifer Fox (The Tale) is also going to serve as an executive producer for both adaptations.
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A Visit from the Goon Squad is a set of thirteen interrelated stories featuring a group of characters all connected to Bennie Salazar, a record company executive, and his assistant, Sasha. The stories shift back and forth in time from the 1970s to the present and into the near future as the seemingly self-destructive characters are sent in unforeseen directions in life. The book earned the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. The Candy House is a sequel to A Visit from the Goon Squad featuring updates to their stories.
Olivia Wilde made her directorial debut with 2019’s critically acclaimed film Booksmart after spending the majority of her career in front of the camera as an actor. Since then, the multihyphenate has directed the Don’t Worry Darling and signed on to direct a female-centered superhero film as part of Sony’s Spider-Man Universe franchise.
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