Transparent showrunner producing The Nest
Transparent creator Jill Soloway is extending her reach into the family drama genre with Amazon, as Deadline reports she is set to produce an adaptation of Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s novel, The Nest, following a pre-emptive acquisition by Amazon Films.
Independent film producer Andrea Sperling (Like Crazy, But I’m a Cheerleader, Pumpkin) is set to co-produce via Topple Productions, her joint venture with Soloway, while D’Aprix Sweeney is reportedly adapting her own novel to write the film’s screenplay.
The Nest tells the story of four siblings caught in a feud after one of them (fresh from rehab and a nasty car accident) recklessly spends a hefty family inheritance. A celebrity-filled trailer for the book was released in January (watch above for possible casting clues), and, in a recent review, EW called D’Aprix Sweeney’s writing “like really good dark chocolate: sharper and more bittersweet than the cheap stuff, but also too delicious not to finish in one sitting.”
Amazon acquired the family drama Manchester by the Sea, touted as a potential Oscar player, for $10 million at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in January, and will partner with Roadside Attractions to release the film to theaters Nov. 18. The studio is also set to release Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship May 13, while Woody Allen’s Amazon production (and 2016 Cannes Film Festival opener), Café Society, will debut in theaters ahead of streaming later this year.