〉 McInerney’s classic characters are back in Thin City, with the rights to all of the trilogy’s books available
Jay McInerney has returned to his roots yet again with Thin City, the third book featuring married couple Russell and Corinne Calloway. They were first created in the short story Smoke before starring in the novels Brightness Falls and The Good Life. These two novels make up the first two-thirds of the trilogy and all three books’ rights are available. The book is being published by Knopf and is repped by ICM’s Amanda Urban, Ron Bernstein (who are also handling Cormac McCarthy’s The Passenger), and Josie Freedman who is running point.
McInerney’s latest novel picks up the story of the Calloways from where The Good Life left off, and takes them through the financial meltdown of 2008, “a time of thinning portfolios, shrinking net worth, and receding expectations.”
McInerney rose to fame in the 80’s with his novel Bright Lights, Big City and was subsequently used as the poster child for the “Literary Brat Pack” which consisted of McInerney, Brett Easton Ellis, and Tama Janowitz, who were viewed as young, iconoclastic, and fresh voices. While there have been plenty of attempts to comment on the fall of Wall Street and the financial crisis that began several years ago (most notable the widely panned Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps) it would initially seem there would not be much interest in this topic, however two factors support the potential for a successful film. The first is McInerney.
A few years ago, the series Gossip Girl ruled the CW and when they needed to cast a celebrity writer to mentor one of the series leads, they brought in Jay McInerney. For several episodes, McInerney played a “version” of himself in the form of “Jeremiah Harris.” This brought McInerney to the attention of a new, younger generation.
The second factor is movies about the financial crisis are garnering attention that they weren’t receiving a few years ago. While Margin Call was critically adored, few people paid attention, but 99 Homes starring Andrew Garfield in a feature about the housing crisis is steadily picking up steam.
If the right producer picks it up, McInerney’s novel–or the triology, for that matter–certainly has the narrative richness and character depth to make a successful jump to the big screen.
Emily J | Staff Writer