DreamWorks has bought the film rights to Nicholson Baker’s 1994 novel “Fermata” for Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke’s Image Movers.
The studio has signed David Hollander to adapt the book which concerns a 35-year-old office temp who has developed the unique ability to stop the world. He uses his supernatural powers not for evil or material gain but largely to undress women and then have his way with them.
Baker’s previous books include the bestseller “Vox,” which focused on phone sex, “Room Temperature” and “The Mezzanine.”
Zemeckis, who last helmed the Jodie Foster-starrer “Contact,” is set to reteam early next year with his “Forrest Gump” star Tom Hanks in 20th Century Fox’s “The Castaways.” He and Rapke established the ImageMovers banner with DreamWorks last year as part of a five-year overall deal with the studio.
CAA brokered the deal for “Fermata” on behalf of Baker’s lit agent Melanie Jackson. Hollander is repped by Endeavor.