EXCLUSIVE:  Sarah Polley is adapting David Gilbert’s acclaimed novel & Sons for Brett Ratner and his RatPac Entertainment. John Lesher is also in talks to come aboard as a producer. The novel, which was showered with critical praise on its debut last year, follows a legendary – and reclusive- Great American writer who, in the midst of delivering a eulogy at his oldest friend’s funeral, suffers a breakdown over the life he’s led and the people he’s hurt. Principal amongst them are his three sons, who he reconvenes for the first time in years in an attempt – or so it would seem- to make amends.

Polley is an inspired choice for the classy source material. The Canadian filmmaker, who started her career as an actress in the likes of Atom Egoyan‘s Exotica and Zack Snyder’s Dawn Of The Dead, has since emerged as one of the most interesting and versatile directors of her generation. Away From Her, Polley’s emotionally devastating portrait of Alzheimer’s on an aging couple, won both Polley and its star Julie Christie Academy Award nominations, while most recently the innovative The Stories We Tell made virtually every film critic’s best of end of year poll and won the National Board of Review’s best documentary award.

This is one of those projects that, in the right hands, could go all the way. Ratner’s recruitment of Polley sets this up as one that emanates class from the outset.

Polley is repped by WME, Gary Goddard Agency and Circle of Confusion.