Best selling author Jodi Picoult has seen four of her novels turned into movies, and her latest book, Sing You Home, seems to be following suit. This is great news, as the lesbian-themed novel is an incredible story about a woman who battles her ex-husband for the right to her frozen zygotes so that she may impregnate her partner with them.
Deadline.com is reporting that the film version will be produced by none other than Ellen DeGeneres with Storyline partners Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. So far, there are no backers and Ellen is providing the funds on her own. Talk about a passion project!
Zadan and Meron are currently working on a Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring Daniel Radclyffe of Harry Potter fame. Hopefully the movie adaptation of Sing You Home will be underway in the very near future, as it’s a story about the struggles of sexuality, pregnancy, marriage, the legal system, religion and doing what’s right. It’s universal, and was inspired, Picoult says, by her gay son.
Jodi Picoult told us exclusively:
I couldn’t be happier about the fact that Ellen DeGeneres has acquired the movie rights to Sing You Home. I truly believe if anyone can get this film made — and do it justice — it’s going to take someone who is compassionate, determined, and who truly understands the subject matter. Honestly, how lucky am I as an author to have someone like her involved!?
If you haven’t yet read the book, the women in the relationship are Vanessa, an out lesbian who works as a school counselor, and Zoe, a music therapist who starts out married to a man but finds herself falling for Vanessa after a divorce and several failed pregnancy attempts. Both women are in their mid-to-late ’30s and find each other at a time in their lives when they crave companionship but weren’t really looking for it. Their courtship starts out as friends-only, but soon turns into a romance that neither were expecting. When they decide to have children, that’s when things take an interesting turn, and Zoe’s ex-husband, Max, helps demonstrate the feelings of the Christian right and the lawyers who work on their behalf.
It’s at times infuriating, but it’s based on real life conversations and experiences that Picoult had with Focus on the Family. Now that it’s being made into a film, there will hopefully be an even larger audience for the story. It’s lesbian pregnancy in a different way, and one that those who both did and didn’t appreciate The Kids Are All Right will find inspiring.
And with Ellen at the helm, there’s likely no concern that the ending will be changed, as Picoult’s other book, My Sister’s Keeper has seen once it hit celluloid. Something tells me Ellen will stick to the story, as told.