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The Emperor’s Children Heading to Film


According to a report released by The Hollywood Reporter, Lake Bell is planning to bring the novel “The Emperor’s Children” to film. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Claire Messud.

“The Emperor’s Children” was published in 2006 and is officially described as follows:

“The Emperor’s Children” is a dazzling, masterful novel about the intersections in the lives of three friends, now on the cusp of their thirties, making their way—and not—in New York City.

There is beautiful, sophisticated Marina Thwaite—an “It” girl finishing her first book; the daughter of Murray Thwaite, celebrated intellectual and journalist—and her two closest friends from Brown, Danielle, a quietly appealing television producer, and Julius, a cash-strapped freelance critic. The delicious complications that arise among them become dangerous when Murray’s nephew, Frederick “Bootie” Tubb, an idealistic college dropout determined to make his mark, comes to town. As the skies darken, it is Bootie’s unexpected decisions—and their stunning, heartbreaking outcome—that will change each of their lives forever.

The novel was adapted for film by Noah Baumbach who was initially planning to direct before stepping back. Bell has previously directed one other film, 2013’s In a World…

There is no word yet on when the project will begin production or who Bell is eyeing to star.