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Post-'Enlightened,' Mike White Tapped by DreamWorks to Adapt 'Silver Linings Playbook' Author's Latest Novel

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 21, 2013 at 12:57PM

With the recent news that Mike White's "Enlightened" won't be picked up for a third season by HBO, the writer-director-actor has signed with DreamWorks to adapt "Silver Linings Playbook" author Matthew Quick's latest novel, "The Good Luck of Right Now." The story centers on four outsiders who form a makeshift family in the midst of grieving over the pain and loss in their lives.
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Mike White on "Enlightened"
Mike White on "Enlightened"

With the recent news that Mike White's "Enlightened" won't be picked up for a third season by HBO, the writer-director-actor has signed with DreamWorks to adapt "Silver Linings Playbook" author Matthew Quick's latest novel, "The Good Luck of Right Now."

The story centers on four outsiders who form a makeshift family in the midst of grieving over the pain and loss in their lives. 

While White co-created, executive produced, starred, wrote and directed several episodes of "Enlightened," his only big-screen helming gig thus far has been 2007's "Year of the Dog," from his own script. Among other things, he has penned Miguel Arteta's "The Good Girl," starring Jennifer Aniston, and Richard Linklater's "School of Rock," starring Jack Black.

David O. Russell's adaptation of Quick's "Silver Linings" won Jennifer Lawrence an Oscar for Best Actress, while the film received an additional seven nominations.

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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.