Author Matthew Quick is set to write the screenplay for his 2010 YA novel SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR for Netflix.
Matthew Quick‘s Sorta Like a Rock Star had originally been under Fox Searchlight, but it’s close to a deal with Netflix as a feature film. Bryce Dallas Howard, who signed on as the director back in July, is still going to direct the film, however, the biggest change is that Quick himself is going to adapt the book to film.
Quick had already finished adapting his most recent novel, The Reason You’re Alive, for producer/director Jay Roach. Although it doesn’t happen often, it’s nice to see authors that are able to adapt their own works. With Netflix taking it on as an original feature film, it looks to have a successful run, and we’re confident that Howard will be able to pull off directing duties, as she’s (hopefully) had her father Ron Howard (who took over directing Solo: A Star Wars Story earlier this year) to take some of her cues from through the years.
Here’s the synopsis from the book:
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. But then a fatal tragedy threatens Amber’s optimism—and her way of life. Can Amber continue to be the princess of hope?
Included among the awards Sorta Like a Rock Star has received are a starred review by the School Library Journal and the 2011 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults. This was Quick’s YA debut, before going on to write more successful YA books like Boy21 and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. His debut novel, Silver Linings Playbook was adapted for film by David O. Russell and garnered the Best Actress Oscar for Jennifer Lawrence.