Books to Screen: Maria Semple’s “Today Will Be Different”

51dduid30zl1This past October best-selling author Maria Semple’s second bittersweet satirical novel, Today Will Be Different (Little, Brown) was released to high acclaim. LJ reviews associate editor Stephanie Sendaula  praised the work as “an introspective look, both comedic and tragic, at attempting to be the best one can be: wife, mother, or sibling.” Now librarians will have to beef up their purchase orders as Semple’s publisher announced today that Annapurna Television is set to adapt the novel as a limited series, with Academy Award winner Julia Roberts set to star and produce. Writing the screenplay is Semple herself, who is also busy working with Annapurna on an film adaptation of her first novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette. That film is scheduled to go into production in 2017, with Richard Linklater (Boyhood on board to direct.

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Wilda Williams About Wilda Williams

Wilda "Willy" Williams (wwilliams@mediasourceinc.com) is LJ's Fiction Editor. She specializes in popular fiction and edits the Mystery, Science Fiction, Christian Fiction, and Word on Street Lit columns.