Material’s Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe have acquired rights to Eliza Kennedy’s debut novel I Take You, and the pair will take on the movie adaptation along with Whiplash producer Helen Estabrook, who brought in the book. Kennedy is set to adapt the novel, a comedy that was published May 5.
The book centers on a twentysomething New York lawyer who is nearing her wedding date with a seemingly perfect fiancé in beautiful Key West. She is whip-smart, unapologetically self-assured — and not quite capable of being faithful to one man, and she starts to ask questions about whether the happiest day of her life might turn out to be her worst mistake yet.
Kennedy also is whip-smart: she was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Law Review.
“Eliza has a rare voice — the book is as hilarious as it is provocative,” Plouffe said. “She challenges readers to ask questions about the state of marriage and monogamy in the 21st century that are exciting and even polarizing. The reaction to the book already suggests it’s going to spark a lot of discussion, and that it’s tailor-made for film.”
Kennedy is repped by WME and Management 360; Material is repped by WME and Huy Nguyen of Hansen, Jacobson, who crafted the deal.
The deal comes as Material’s Maguire-starring Pawn Sacrifice readies a September 18 bow from Bleecker Street. It also has Z For Zachariah with Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine. Roadside Attractions will release the film in August.