Lake Bell to Helm The Emperor’s Children


Lake Bell, who made her directorial debut with 2013’s In a World…, has lined up a new directing project in The Emperor’s Children, says a story today at The Hollywood Reporter. The film, based on the novel by Claire Messud, has been adapted for the screen by Noah Baumbach (Kicking and Screaming, Frances Ha), who was previously planning to helm.

Messud’s novel, published in 2006, is officially described as follow:

“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.

Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins will produce.

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