MONEYBALL Producer Scott Rudin to Adapt SWAMPLANDIA for HBO

     October 19, 2011


HBO is starting to feel pretty homey for feature producer Scott Rudin (Moneyball).  Rudin is one of the producers on Aaron Sorkin’s cable news comedy that HBO just ordered to series, and recently set up an adaptation of The Corrections at the network.  As of tonight, Rudin has at least one more iron in the HBO fire.  THR reports Rudin is attached to executive produce a half-hour comedy based on the Karen Russell book Swamplandia.  The story follows Ava Bigtree, “a 13-year-old alligator wrestler who embarks on an improbable journey through the mangrove wilderness of southwest Florida as she searches for her lost sister.”  Well that sounds cool.  You had me at “13-year-old alligator wrestler.”

Russell is on board in a consulting role.  HBO and Rudin are currently in search of a writer to shepherd the process  through development.  Read the full book synopsis after the jump.

Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness. As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality. [Amazon]