Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, the hot scribe duo who are coming off the Sundance fave Spectacular Now, have been hired to write Lionsgate’s adaptation of Rules of Civility.
The novel by Amor Towles, published by Viking in 2011, is a period piece of manners, set in late 1930s New York City. The story centers on a young woman’s rise from a Wall Street secretarial pool to the heights of Manhattan society, examines how spur of the moment decisions can define lives for decades to come, and features allusions to literary greats such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Truman Capote.
The book was on the New York Times best-seller charts for 27 weeks, Oprah Winfrey named it the most cinematic book of 2011 and the Wall Street Journal listed it in its top 10 fiction books of the year.
Lionsgate picked up the project in October 2012 after the company’s motion picture group president Erik Feig spent eight long months trying to convince Towles to part with the tightly-held movie rights.
Feig is overseeing the project with senior vp of production Gillian Bohrer.
Neustadter and Weber broke though with their spec (500) Days of Summer but are now quickly establishing themselves as the go-to book-to-film writers. Civility is the fourth major book adaptation for the guys and was a highly-sought after gig.
Not only did they tackle Spectacular Now, which stars Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley and earned rave reviews at Sundance, but the pair have worked on adapting YA sensation The Fault In Our Stars, and wrote Rosaline, a screen translation of When You Were Mine set up at Foxx 2000 with Shawn Levy producing.
They are also writing Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Annapurna and Color Force’s adaptation of the acclaimed Maria Semple novel.
Neustadter and Weber are repped by CAA, Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment and Myman Greenspan.
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