Ben Stiller Developing TV Dramedy ‘Super Sad True Love Story’
Actor, comedian, producer and director Ben Stiller has worked a deal with Media Rights Capital (MRC) in bringing the novel “Super Sad True Love Story” into the small screen. Read on for the full story.
As published on The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Stiller and MRC will be adapting the best-selling novel written by Gary Shteyngart into a TV series. “Super Sad True Love Story,” which was first published back in July 2010, is a story about a middle-aged Russian immigrant who falls in love with a Korean-American years younger than him. The premise is set in the not-so-distant future, and America is on the verge of an economic meltdown. The two lead characters develop a romance that is played out in the book as diary entries and e-mail conversations all the while the political and economic situation around the world turns grim.
Shytengart’s novel received numerous awards and recognitions during the year it was published, including the coveted New York Times Bestseller spot. The television series, according to the THR report, is being planned as an hourly drama-comedy that will have Stiller sitting behind the camera as the director. Shytengart will still be on board as writer, along with Karl Gajdusek “The Last Resort”). The two are also credited as co-creators of the show.
Media Rights Capital, the same company that brought “House of Cards” to Netflix, is willing to produce a full season of the series before selling it to interested networks, where it will most likely be pitched to cable or a digital platform. This has been MRC’s usual business practice, as it did the same for “House of Cards” and, more recently, for “One Percent,” which the production company has already sold to Starz.
For now, MRC is looking into casting the series so that they can begin production of “Super Sad True Love Story.”
Stiller, on the other hand, has long been working behind the scenes in some television shows including “Big Time in Hollywood” on Comedy Central and “The Birthday Boys” on IFC.
We’ll be keeping tabs of the latest on the development of “Super Sad True Love Story,” so keep checking back to Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates.
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