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. (more…)