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Once upon a time a cutely illustrated, explicitly written “children’s book for adults” burst onto the scene. Adam Mansbach’s ode to parents who can’t get their children to, well, go the f–k to sleep, was a bestseller before it was even available (under the “advice” category on the New York Times list).

We’ve heard Samuel L. Jackson read it. Werner Herzog, too. People complained. We responded. And now, the book that started as a funny Facebook post is going to be a feature film for Fox.

Thankfully, Fox has tapped Ken Marino and wife Erica Oyama (Burning Love, Childrens Hospital) to write the adaptation. (The news was first reported by Deadline.) Memorable on screen as Vinnie Van Lowe in Veronica Mars, Mark Orlando in Burning Love, and Ron Donald in Party Down, Marino — a father of two with Oyama — is also a prolific comedy writer who co-created the ’90s television series The State, wrote the screenplay to Role Models and Wanderlust, and has also worked alongside his wife on Childrens Hospital scripts.

Now, what will it take to get Samuel L. Jackson to star and Werner Herzog to direct?

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