‘Superbad’ Director to Adapt Jeffrey Eugenides’ ‘The Marriage Plot’ for the Big Screen?


Well, this is an interesting choice: Superbad director Greg Mottola, who also wrote and directed Adventureland, is in talks to adapt Jeffrey Eugenides’ most recent, marriage plot-dissecting novel, The Marriage Plot. While Mottola wouldn’t be our first choice for this novel about academia, philosophy, love, and mental illness, we can’t deny that there’s something exciting about seeing producer Scott Rudin court Mottola. He certainly has a way with coming-of-age stories, and his films are subtler and sweeter than your standard Judd Apatow fare. We’d especially welcome an adaptation of The Marriage Plot that doesn’t get so bogged down in its big, serious themes that it shortchanges the many comedic elements.

Of course, none of this changes the fact that, in our humble opinion, there is only one perfect writer-director for this screenplay: Whit Stillman, whose facility with talky, wealthy, over-educated young characters remains unparalleled. The adaptation might take him a decade or so, but it would totally be worth the wait. [via Collider]