THE SPECTACULAR NOW Scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber to Tackle RULES OF CIVILITY

     March 5, 2013


The screenwriting duo behind (500) Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now are set to tackle another adaptation.  Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber will pen Lionsgate’s production of Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility.  The novel centers on a young woman living in Greenwich Village in 1937 who is thrust into New York’s high society after a chance encounter that grows into a year-long journey.  Published in 2011, Rules of Civility quickly drew comparisons to F. Scott Fitzgerald and Truman Capote for its similar themes.  Hit the jump for more.

THR reports that rules-of-civility-amor-towels-book-coverNeustadter and Weber have added Rules of Civility to their book-to-film to-do list.  The duo already have Rosaline, a screen translation of When You Were Mine that tells the story of Romeo and Juliet through the filter of Romeo’s jilted lover, set up for Shawn Levy to produce at Fox 2000.  They’re also adapting the young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars, which centers on two teens dealing with cancer.

Here’s the book description for Rules of Civility (via Amazon):

This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve. With its sparkling depiction of New York’s social strata, its intricate imagery and themes, and its immensely appealing characters, Rules of Civility won the hearts of readers and critics alike.

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