In an exclusive, Deadline is reporting that River Road Entertainment has acquired the film rights to Karen Thompson Walker’s first novel, ‘The Age of Miracles.’
The novel, which won’t be published until June 26th, is set in an apocalyptic future and is about a young girl’s adolescence during a time when the Earth’s rotation begins to slow. Here’s the book description from Amazon:
“Luminous, haunting, unforgettable, The Age of Miracles is a stunning fiction debut by a superb new writer, a story about coming of age during extraordinary times, about people going on with their lives in an era of profound uncertainty.
On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.
With spare, graceful prose and the emotional wisdom of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker has created a singular narrator in Julia, a resilient and insightful young girl, and a moving portrait of family life set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world.”
The deal was set in the 7 figures and River Road already has Seth Lochhead (‘Hanna’) signed on to adapt the book.
The storyline sounds like it could be a great character drama with the action of the Earth’s impending doom if done properly. It may be a while before we see this on the big screen as no director nor cast has been decided upon yet.