The Big Sick’s Emily V. Gordon to write The Nest for Amazon
Emily V. Gordon will pen the film adaptation of the Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s New York Times bestselling novel The Nest for Amazon’s film studio, it was announced today. Jill Soloway and Andrea Sperling will serve as producers on the project through Soloway’s production company, Topple. Carly Kahane will be the executive on the project for Topple. The Nest will be Gordon’s first feature film following the release of the critically-acclaimed The Big Sick. Gordon has received multiple nominations for The Big Sick thus far, including an Academy Award, Writers Guild Award, Gotham Award, Independent Spirit Award and Critics’ Choice Award nominations. The film recently took home the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Comedy.
Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. In The Nest, years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs’ joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.
The Nest, which spent more than six months on the New York Times Bestseller list, was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer’s pick, a best fiction finalist for the Goodreads Choice Award and was named one of the best books of 2016 by People, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Amazon, and others. The Nest has been translated into more than 25 languages.
Emily V. Gordon is a former couples and family therapist and current writer and producer. She has written for The Carmichael Show on NBC, Another Period on Comedy Central, and Crashing on HBO. Gordon co-wrote last summer’s hit film The Big Sick, alongside her husband Kumail Nanjiani. The movie, which grossed over $40 million domestically and was the top performing independent/platform release of last year, tells the story of the beginning of her relationship with Kumail. The film, which was released by Amazon Studios in July maintains a 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes and had one of the highest opening weekend per-theater-average of 2017. She is also the author of the funny-but-genuine self-improvement guide, Super You: Release Your Inner Superhero. She created and produced three seasons of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail on Comedy Central.
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