Paramount recently announced it is working on a seven-figure deal to acquire the film rights to Jonathan Tropper’s novel, “One Last Thing Before I Go.” It has also been reported that J.J. Abrams, famous for his hit television show “Lost,” will be producing, and Tropper will be writing the script.
Paramount, making a leap forward, has optioned the book that hasn’t even been released yet. The book will be published in August by Dutton Publishing. According to Deadline, multiple studios were in competition for the rights to adapt the novel.
“One Last Thing Before I Go” is the story of a man in a mid-life crisis. His ex is about to remarry, his Princeton-bound teenage daughter is pregnant and he could die at any moment without an operation he refuses to undergo.
Tropper has written five other novels, including “This is Where I Leave You,” “The Book of Joe,” “Plan B,” “How to Talk to a Widower” and “Everything Changes.”
“This is Where I leave You” is also being adapted for film by Warner Brothers, and will be directed by Adam Shankman, known for his previous adaptation of A Walk to Remember.
Read the official synopsis below:
Silver has begun to accept that life isn’t going to turn out as he expected. His ex-wife is about to marry a terrific guy Silver can’t quite bring himself to hate. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter Casey has just confided in him that she’s pregnant—because he’s the one she cares least about letting down. With the wedding looming and Casey in crisis, this broken family struggles, bonds, and comes together only to risk damaging each other even more. Lives begin anew, change radically, or in Silver’s case—as he discovers that he could die at any moment without an operation he refuses to have—may be about to end in an instant.
One Last Thing Before I Go demonstrates yet again Tropper’s deft touch with the darkest of materials and his ability to make readers laugh out loud in one paragraph and move them to tears in the next.”
There is no word yet on who will be starring in the film, or a projected release date for the project. We do know they are aiming for sometime in the year 2014.
Fans of Tropper’s work or those who want to stay updated on his novels and film adaptation can visit his official webpage.