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David Sedaris Meets Silver Screen with C.O.G. Film


It’s early days, but I am cautiously optimistic this might come to fruition – at last, at last (a mighty huzzah!), it looks as though some of David Sedaris‘ brilliant, caustic and hilarious writing might find its way to a movie theater.

The project is an adaptation of Sedaris’ essay called “C.O.G.”, from the 1997 collection Naked, from writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez. Alvarez is so far little-known, but his 2009 directorial debut, Easier Than Practice, impressed critics and earned him an Indie Spirit Award in the “Someone to Watch” category.

I loved C.O.G. when I read it. Sedaris wrote it about the time he spent working as an apple-picker in Oregon orchards in the 1980s, and the wonderful and alarming people he encountered along the way. I remember it the characters being almost cartoonish, but Sedaris’ writing is such that I bought into it wholly and laughed my way through the whole thing.

What is exciting is this, in two parts: 1) David Sedairs, to now, has flat-out refused to allow any of his work to be adapted for screenplay; and 2) It was Alvarez himself, with a visit to Sedaris on his book tour, and an impassioned six-page email follow-up, who convinced the author to let him proceed.

Shooting is slated to start in October 2012. I am crossing fingers and toes that this goes forward and makes it.

If you’ve never read Naked, I recommend it very highly – that, Me Talk Pretty One Day and Holidays On ice are my favourite Sedaris collections.

via indiewire.com

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