Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Creative Genius: Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is most famously known for writing the Pulitzer Prize finalist memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, the National Book Critics Circle finalist novel, What is What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, for ESPN The Magazine and for founding American publishing house McSweeney's.

Eggers next big move is movies. Coming first is the June release of Away We Go. Eggers wrote the film with his wife Vendela Vida. The story is of a young married couple traveling across the United States to find the perfect place to raise their newborn child. The movie is starring SNL's Maya Rudolph, The Office's John Krasinski and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The most amazing thing going for this movie is film auteur Sam Mendes [of American Beauty and Revolutionary Road / husband of Kate Winslet fame] directed the piece. You can watch the trailer below.

And then coming later this year is the long anticipated film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. Adapted by Eggers the film is directed by Creative Genius: Spike Jonze and will star James Gandolfini, Forest Whitaker and Paul Dano. The film's poster was released earlier today.

Dave Eggers is definitely on his hustle.

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