Richard Linklater Shows Interest in Directing Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Richard Linklater director of Boyhood is in early talks to direct the adaptation of the Maria Semple novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette.
Linklater has not fully committed yet but he has the offer and has shown interest in directing the picture.

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is set to finance the pic with Ellison joining Nina Jacobson as a producer.

The story follows a woman who flees her family after she learns that her daughter wishes to vacation in Antarctica. The Fault in Our Stars writers Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter penned the script.

13526165Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

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