〉A film of the hit novel by Andrew Clements is in the works.
Gulfstream Pictures and Screaming Mama Productions are bringing the children’s satire novel FRINDLE to the screen, with Susan Sarandon on board to co-star. Sarandon will portray English professor Margaret Granger in the story, which follows a fifth grader named Nick Allen that comes up with an argument about how objects are named and where words come from, spurring Nick to rename a pen, calling it a “frindle.” Much to Mrs. Granger’s dismay, Nick inadvertently starts a world-wide phenomenon with the new word. Sam Harper is adapting the book, while Mike Karz and Bill Bindley will produce for Gulfstream. Josie Rosen and Matt Phelps will oversee development.
Published by Aladdin Paperbacks in 1996, Clements’ novel has been praised for conveying themes of creativity and instilling the freedom to question society, delicately balancing absurd humor with sharp social commentary. The novel went on to receive thirty-five awards, including the 1997 Christopher Award and the Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Book Award. The School Library Journal placed the book on the 100 Greatest Chapter Books Of All Time list in 2012.
Known for her iconic roles in Thelma and Louise and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Sarandon has also been praised for her roles in Bull Durham, Lorenzo’s Oil and Little Women, among many others. She will next be seen in a number of upcoming films, including the dramatic comedy Three Generations, with Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning.
Sarandon is repped by UTA.
Lou Chase | Staff Writer