Today I asked my agent if anything was happening on the development front. (You may remember that my novel, An Ex to Grind, was optioned for a film by 20th Century Fox to star Benecio Del Toro and Cameron Diaz as the warring ex-spouses?) She spoke to one of the producers, who said that screenwriter Jeremy Garelick (“The Break-Up,” “The Hangover”) had turned in a first draft of the script a few weeks ago and that he was now writing draft #2. “We’re on it and we’re very excited,” the producer told my agent.
I’m the one who’s excited, although I’m trying not to get my hopes up. I’ve had so many books optioned for movies that never got produced. Still, this is the first deal that’s made it to a writer’s second draft and had actual stars attached. That’s progress, isn’t it? Maybe – just maybe – this movie will actually show up on the big screen at some point. If so, you’re all invited to the premiere.