While there has been a lot of conversations online about what a Such A Fun Age adaptation would look like on screen, there has not been much movement on the project itself.
This thought-provoking and timely story centers around two women – a young black babysitter and her white employer – and explores issues of race, privilege, and power dynamics.
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This page was updated: 8/10/23
About The Book:
A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.
Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store’s security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right.
But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.
With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone family, and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times.
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Current Production Status:
There have been no updates on the status of the adaptation since it was originally picked up in 2018.
Such A Fun Age Adaptation Timeline:
Over a year before the book was released the rights for both film and television adaptation were acquired in August 2018.
The book was then published in December 2019 to critical acclaim. It landed on the New York Times Best-Sellers list and was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.
There have been no further updates on the project since it’s initial pick up.
Who Owns The Rights:
Hillman Grad Productions (The Chi) and Sight Unseen Pictures (Bad Education) partnered to acquire both the film and television rights to the book. Hillman Grad Productions is Lena Waithe’s (The Chi, Master Of None) production company.
Who Is Attached:
As of Summer 2023 there have been no casting announcements or names attached to the film.
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With the project still in the very early stages of development there are currently no known filming locations yet.
There is currently no estimated release timeframe made public as of Summer 2023 for when this movie will come to our screens.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
This book has not been featured on Alison in Libraryland before.
Other Adaptations From This Author:
Such A Fun Age was Kiley Reid’s debut novel and with her next book not schedule to be released until 2024, there are no other works yet to be adapted.
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Such A Fun Age Adaptation: Everything We Know So Far
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