Actress and writer Lauren Graham will be adapting Jennifer E. Smith’s WINDFALL to film as well as producing it.
Lauren Graham, who reprised her role as Lorelei Gilmore for Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” last year, is now working on adapting the YA novel, Windfall, to film. She will also produced the movie under her Good Game Productions company.
Graham is no stranger to writing, as she wrote her first novel, titled Someday, Someday, Maybe, in 2013. She has another book, a memoir, based on her life working in Hollywood, and includes moments on the set of Gilmore Girls, titled “Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between).”
Windfall, written by Jennifer E. Smith, was released early last month and is about Alice and her best friend Teddy, and a lottery ticket that changes everything.
Let luck find you.
Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.
At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.
As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.
Jennifer E. Smith’s debut novel, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, was optioned a few years ago, and has been “in development” with Dustin Lance Black set to direct and Hailee Steinfeld set to star in it back in 2014.