The success of the Web-based Burning Love franchise continues to grow! Husband-wife writing team Ken Marino and Erica Oyama – the duo behind two seasons of Burning Love and Burning Love: Burning Down the House (premiering tomorrow on Yahoo! Screen) – has just inked a deal to adapt Go the Fuck to Sleep, the wildly popular satirical children’s book, into a feature film, reports Deadline.
If you’re wondering how a 32-page book with only a few words on each page is going to transform into something 80 minutes or so, remember this: Where the Wild Things Are runs 48 pages (some of which have no words) and was adapted into a 100-minute flick in 2009. Of course, Maurice Sendak’s book, however brief, at least had some semblance of a story whereas Sleep is basically a funny poem carried over pages in a book.
It seems the Sleep movie project would follow the What to Expect When You’re Expecting adaptation model, which is, ‘Let’s buy the rights to the name of a proven brand, filter it through a different medium and sprinkle in enough of the original to maintain some level of artistic credibility.
Regardless, I’m happy for Marino and Oyama, who are clearly talented writers with a huge pool of talented and funny friends, who they better cast in this thing. Whatever the movie is about, I’m pretty sure Michael Showalter, David Wain, Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Adam Scott and whoever else should be in it.
The company behind the project is Fox 2000, who has produced the likes of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and most importantly, Life of Pi, which recently snagged four Oscars.