EXCLUSIVE: Blossom Films partners Nicole Kidman and Per Saari are reuniting with their Rabbit Hole co-producers at Olympus Films to option screen rights to the bestselling Kevin Wilson novel The Family Fang. They will develop the project as a starring vehicle for Kidman, who got a Best Actress nomination for Rabbit Hole. Olympus partners Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech will produce with Kidman and Saari.
The book is about a couple of performance artists who routinely sucked their kids into taking part in a variety of bizarre events. When the full grown children return home in a state of crisis, they are unwittingly enlisted to help in the execution of a daring and mysterious final performance by their parents, who are hellbent on achieving the act of a lifetime. Their kids harbor more than a little resentment and blame the performance art for how badly their own lives have turned out. Wilson is a first-time novelist, but he previously published the short story collection Tunneling To The Center Of The Earth, and Alan Ball optioned Grand Stand-In from that collection. Besides Rabbit Hole, Kidman’s Blossom produced Monte Carlo for Fox, and is developing the Simon Kinberg-scripted The Eighth Wonder at Fox, Little Bee for BBC Films and separately working on a biography of singer Dusty Springfield and remakes of the Colombian thriller Spectre and Love Pain and the Whole Damn Thing. Kidman most recently wrapped the Park Chan-wook-directed Stoker for Fox Searchlight, HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn and the Lee Daniels-directed The Paperboy. Olympus recently produced the Mike Mills-directed Beginners and produced the upcoming comedy The Oranges, which debuted at Toronto. The Family Fang deal was made by UTA, which repped the book with Barer Literary Agency. Kidman’s repped by CAA and Media Talent Group.