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Fox Searchlight Put Out Amber Alert for “Sorta Like A Rock Star”

Sorta Like A Rock Star Fox SearchlightIf lightening strikes twice, Fox Searchlight might be fortunate enough to have some of the Silver Linings Playbook juju for their latest acquisition. Deadline reports that the distribution co. have teamed with prod co. Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey & Marty Bowen and Gotham Group’s Lee Stollman & Ellen Goldsmith-Vein for the book to big screen adaption of Matthew Quick’s Sorta Like A Rock Star. Laura Sandler and Amanda Harlib (who wrote Haute & Bothered) wrote the spec.

Gist: From the book synopsis (see accompanying video below) … Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom’s boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). But Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. Instead, she focuses on bettering the lives of her alcoholic mother and her quirky circle of friends: a glass-ceiling-breaking single mother raising a son diagnosed with autism; Father Chee and The Korean Divas for Christ (soul-singing ESL students); a nihilist octogenarian; a video-game-playing gang of outcasts; and a haiku-writing war vet.

Worth Noting: The author was recently cited as a Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People person.

Do We Care?: While this doesn’t say much about how it’ll be imagined for the big screen, we can imagine a strong female lead pulling off what is Winter’s Bone type of setting full of antagonistic forces.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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