Focus Features has optioned Jonathan Evison’s This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, the author noted on his Facebook page and Deadline has confirmed. “Oh, and BTW I was told this morning I could share this much of my developing good news: Focus Features has optioned Harriet Chance and has big plans for it .. humbled and grateful yet again … ,” Evison said in the post, “and now, back to the salt mines, although I can feel beer-thirty coming’ on early tonight!”
The title character of the well-received Harriet Chance leads a mundane life that is upended when she receives a phone call notifying her that her late husband Bernard had won an Alaskan cruise for two and she reluctantly agrees to go. It turns out Harriet also claims to communicate regularly with Bernard who she says persuaded her to take the trip, among other communications.
Another of Evison’s novels, The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving, is being adapted as a feature with Paul Rudd as a man who befriends another young man with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Rob Burnett is directing from his script. The movie also stars Selena Gomez.