Like the arrival of the ice cream truck or the return of Phoebe Philo, news of a bestselling book being adapted for the big screen can really turn our day around. Especially when the person onboard as director had a hand in bringing Fleabag to life. Yes, Harry Broadbeer has been tapped to direct the film adaptation of Gail Honeyman’s beloved novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.
Since it's release, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. Of course, a work of fiction with a readership of this scale is bound to capture the attention of Reese Witherspoon, who on top of featuring the novel in her book club in June 2017, has also snatched up the rights to produce the film through her production company Hello Sunshine.
But for those who don't count themselves among the 2.5 million owners of the book, you're probably wondering what all the fuss is about. In the interest of getting you up to speed, here's a brief synopsis of the novel. It follows another deadpan, female protagonist who is navigating the landmines that come with being a millennial: social anxiety, self care, older relatives, herself — that kind of thing. She's eliminated uncertainty from her life as a coping mechanism to avoid discomfort and protect herself.
That is until she comes across Raymond, the blundering, deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When Eleanor and Raymond rescue an elderly man from falling over, the three are bonded in a way that Eleanor can no longer avoid. She must open her heart and make herself vulnerable in order to let the world in and ultimately allow herself to heal.
Considering the kind of attention the adaptation has garnered, we're certain that there'll be some high profile casting to bring this story to life. Who do you think will star?
Since it has only just been announced that Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is being reimagined into a film, we don't have any information on casting or production dates. But watch this space.