TriStar Pictures has picked up the latest option on Anne Tyler’s “Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant” for Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz’s Bedford Falls Co. to produce, sources said Thursday.
TriStar optioned the novel as a possible directing vehicle for Zwick, but no deal has yet been struck to that effect. Tyler is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 14 books, including “The Accidental Tourist” and “Breathing Lessons.”
Three different parties have taken an option on the book since its publication in 1982, but none had been able to set it up and produce a TV or feature adaptation. The novel has had lasting interest, however, as TriStar had to bid against two other parties for the latest 18-month option.
Blending humor with dolor, “Homesick” is the domestic tale of a woman who struggled to raise her three children after her husband left unexpectedly. At her deathbed, the woman and her children — who have created families for themselves with varying degrees of success — each gives their perspective of those tough years.
Sony Pictures Entertainment, which is eager to bring Zwick and Bedford Falls back into Culver City fold when his 20th Century Fox pact ends next year, is hoping “Dinner at the Homesick” will be the start of a renewed relationship with the studio.
Bedford Falls Prods. formerly had a deal with TriStar that yielded such pics as “Legends of the Fall” and “Glory,” both of which Zwick helmed.
Bedford Falls VP Suzanne Patmore and TriStar’s Gotham-based lit execs Nan Shipley and Nina Phillips brought the project into the studio.
TriStar exec VP of production Lauren Lloyd will oversee it.
Tyler was repped in the deal by Joe Regal of the Russell & Volkening lit agency.