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Chris & Paul Weitz Adapting Neal Stephenson’s 'Reamde' For Fox TV

The Playlist By India Ross | The Playlist February 14, 2013 at 12:39PM

If there were a Bro Code for business, it would dictate that a career shared with one’s sibling is likely to be a good call. This fraternal model has had an illustrious history, from Marx to Coen to Farrelly (and to a lesser extent, Lehman). And so it is for Chris and Paul Weitz, whose "American Pie" redefined the teenage-boy-and-his-friend’s-mother-who’s-still-got-it dynamic, and simultaneously dealt an awkward blow to America’s baked goods industry.
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Chris Weitz Paul Weitz Reamde

If there were a Bro Code for business, it would dictate that a career shared with one’s sibling is likely to be a good call. This fraternal model has had an illustrious history, from Marx to Coen to Farrelly (and to a lesser extent, Lehman). And so it is for Chris and Paul Weitz, whose "American Pie" redefined the teenage-boy-and-his-friend’s-mother-who’s-still-got-it dynamic, and simultaneously dealt an awkward blow to America’s baked goods industry.

Deadline reports that the Weitzes (who have gone solo on a few projects from time to time including "A Better Life," "In Good Company" and "The Golden Compass") are back on the bro wagon with a TV adaptation in the pipeline for Neal Stephenson’s bestseller "Reamde." The novel, which will be executive produced for Fox TV Studios, is a broad-scale thriller which tracks the overlap of the real and the virtual as a malfunction in a sophisticated online strategy game renders it a real-world pursuit across the globe. Ambitious stuff to be sure, and given the devoted following Stephenson has, it will be a project that will undoubtedly be heavily scrutinized in certain quarters.

In related news, the sort-of-aptly-named Shockya.com has revealed that Paul Weitz, who is currently preparing for the release of a new comedy, "Admission," is in the early stages of a film adaptation of Ann Patchett’s Orange Prize-winning novel, "Bel Canto." The narrative, which sounds awfully like that Buñuelian one from the 1970s, is based on the 1996 Lima Crisis and follows a birthday party for the Vice President which overstays its welcome by several months as it becomes the center of a hostage crisis.

So a couple of certainly unexpected projects from the Weitz clan, as they dip into the library books for inspiration. We'll see soon enough how it all turns out.

This article is related to: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, Reamde, Bel Canto, Television, TV News


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