Matthew Quick, the author of Silver Linings Playbook, is out with a new novel aimed at young readers. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock went on sale yesterday and The Weinstein Company has already optioned the film rights.
Quick spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the book, screenplay, and who he would like to star in the film adaptation.
Now on to a less invasive line of questioning, the Weinstein Company has the rights to the movie version of the book. Who would you dream cast to play Leonard? What about Herr Silverman and Walt?
Dane DeHaan as Leonard. Definitely. He has the emotional intensity and range. My wife and I just had a meeting in the kitchen and cast Christoph Waltz as Herr Silverman, which would make Silverman a little older, but Waltz would be fascinating. Robert Duvall for Walt, or maybe an older-looking Philip Seymour Hoffman.
How involved will you be with the film?
I was asked to write the screenplay but was already contracted to write a novel this summer. Good problem to have, although I would love to eventually write for screen. The happy report is this: James Ponsoldt is currently working on the screenplay. I can’t wait to read that (and see The Spectacular Now).