EXCLUSIVE: Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris have exited the DreamWorks film The Good Luck Of Right Now. The Mike White-scripted adaptation of the novel by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick was moving into the casting stage, and I’ve heard creative disagreements between the directors and the film company over casting the ensemble prompted the exit yesterday.
This is not good luck for DreamWorks, which is in flux as Stacey Snider prepares to exit for a job at Fox when her contract expires at year’s end. Landing Dayton & Faris was a coup, because they are so choosy about what projects they make. As evidenced by their debut Little Miss Sunshine, Dayton and Faris are very good at subject matter that mixes family dysfunction with humor; that cuts to the core of Quick’s book about four grieving people who, through their pain, form a bond and become something of a family. Brie Larson has been reportedly circling the project, but DreamWorks’ first order of business will be to find a new filmmaker for the project. The parting of the ways was amicable.
It’s unclear whether Dayton & Faris will move on to another high profile project to which they are attached. They are developing I’m Proud Of You, an adaptation of Tim Madigan’s book about his friendship with the late Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood host Fred Rogers.