Dave Eggers, the do-gooder author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, had written a screenplay for the Kate Winslet-betrothed director Sam Mendes. "The untitled film...follows a couple, pregnant with their first child, as they travel America looking for the ideal place to settle down," says Entertainment Weekly. Will it be called "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genus? Probably not. Will it be a hit? Maybe. It's being produced by Big Beach films who made the funny-but-also-you'll-weep hit Little Miss Sunshine and distributed by Focus Films. Those things are good things. But! Not all bode wells for the film. Specifically, the cast.
While devotees of the Office might be enthused about the casting of the omnipresentJohn Krasinski as the male lead in the film and fans of SNL will be happy about Maya Rudolph as the lady, one need only to remember back to their most recent films to get a weird feeling in the pit of one's stomach, something akin to acid reflux but more sinister. We're still awaking from the nightmare that was License To Wed starring Mr. Krasinski, Mandy Moore and Robin "I've Somehow Managed to Convince the World I'm Funny" Williams. As for Ms. Rudolph, the last great installation in her oeuvre, Idiocracy, hardly even got released.
We'd advise you just wait until 2009 until when Eggers' adaptation of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze comes out from Warner Bros.