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Annapurna and Color Force Take Film Rights to Bestseller 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 8, 2013 at 2:13PM

Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures and Color Force have secured the feature film rights to Maria Semple's bestselling novel "Where'd You Go, Bernadette." Scott Neudstadter and Michael Weber ("500 Days of Summer") will pen the script, with Semple serving as executive producer.
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Cover detail of "Where'd You Go, Bernadette"
Cover detail of "Where'd You Go, Bernadette"

Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures and Color Force have secured the feature film rights to Maria Semple's bestselling novel "Where'd You Go, Bernadette." Scott Neudstadter and Michael Weber ("500 Days of Summer") will pen the script, with Semple serving as executive producer.

Semple's satire finds some simliarities to Gillian Flynn's buzzy mystery novel "Gone Girl" (also in development at Reese Witherspoon's banner Pacific Standard), tracking the disappearance of a once-successful Los Angeles female architect through emails, letters and texts, with her Microsoft-guru husband and teenage daughter left to find her.

Semple states that she "can't think of two more impressive women" than Annapurna's Ellison and Color Force's Nina Jacobson, the producer behind the blockbuster "Hunger Games" series.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.