Hoping to build on the relationship established with the Oscar-winning 2012 David O. Russell hit Silver Lining Playbook, The Weinstein Company has purchased the rights to adapt Matthew Quick’s latest novel Every Exquisite Thing into a feature film. The story, being published in the United States by Little, Brown Books, is a coming of age tale of a goody-two-shoes student athlete who starts to let her freak flag fly after becoming enamored by a classic cult novel.
It’s unsurprising that the Weinstein Company would want go back into business with Quick after the rousing box office and critical success of Silver Linings Playbook. The 2012 tragic-comedy, based on his 2008 novel, wound up earning eight Academy Awards nominations including one for Best Picture (Jennifer Lawrence won a trophy for her leading role) and nabbed a worldwide box office take of over $230 million. A pull in of nearly half of that films’ successes would be a easy win for any distributor. As such, nearly all of Quick’s novels are in various stages of development across Hollywood. The Weinstein Company also nabbed the rights to Quick’s 2013 novel Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, which presently James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, Smashed) is attached to both write and direct. It’s unclear if that will be the filmmaker’s next project or not– currently Ponsoldt is doing post-production duties on The End of the Tour, a drama starring Jason Segal (Sex Tape) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network.)
Other Quick adaptations are in the works as well– his 2010 novel Sorta Like a Rock Star is set up at Fox Searchlight, his upcoming Love May Fail has a deal at Sony, and DreamWorks is in development on his 2014 book The Good Luck of Right Now, with Brie Larson (Short Term 12) attached. No on is yet attached either in front of or behind the camera on Every Exquisite Thing. However, with the Harvey Weinstein stamp of approval, that will likely change.