There have been quite a few older sci-fi novels hitting the screen lately, so it’s no surprise that an As She Climbed Across The Table adaptation is in the works. While this book, written by Jonathan Lethem, does have a previous adaptation attempt it never made it very far into development so fans will have hopes that this is the one to bring the story to life on screen.
This page was updated: 8/14/22
About The Book:
Alice Coombs is a particle physicist, and she and her colleagues have created a void, a hole in the universe, that they have taken to calling Lack. But Lack is a nullity with taste — tastes; it absorbs a pomegranate, light bulbs, an argyle sock; it disdains a bow tie, an ice ax, and a scrambled duck egg. To Alice, this selectivity translates as an irresistible personality.
To Philip, it makes Lack an unbeatable rival, for how can he win Alice back from something that has no flaws — because it has no qualities? Ingenious, hilarious, and genuinely mind-expanding, As She Climbed Across the Table is the best boy-meets-girl-meets-void story ever written.
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Current Production Status:
Early stages of development, but with a director and screenwriter attached, as of Summer 2022.
As She Climbed Across The Table Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first published in 1997. An adaptation seemed to be in the works when David Cronenberg was announced in 2010 as a director for the project, but nothing ever came of it.
Over a decade later, in November 2020, it was announced by Amazon Studios that they would be developing an As She Climbed Across The Table adaptation, also naming a director and screenwriter to the project. There have been no updates since then as of Summer 2022.
Who Owns The Rights:
Amazon Studios is leading the producing but it has not been announced if the film will go straight to their streaming service.
Who Is Attached:
Joe Penhall (Mindhunter) is attached to write the script and Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) has been named the director.
With this project still being in the early development stage there are no filming locations yet.
Because this project is still in the early development stage there is no current estimated release.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
Other Adaptations From This Author:
‘Motherless Brooklynn’ was adapted into a feature film by Edward Norton in 2019, but it underperformed at the box office and received mixed reviews.
A low budget adaptation of ‘Light and the Sufferer’ was released in 2009, which was based on one of Jonathan Lethem’s short stories.
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