NEW YORK — In a deal worth six-figures upfront, Paramount and producer Lynda Obst have optioned feature rights to Philip Roth’s 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning “American Pastoral.”
Roth, whose novels “Goodbye, Columbus” and “Portnoy’s Complaint” have been turned into features, devoted “American Pastoral” to a character who does everything right to become a successful pillar of the community. His daughter, however, breaks family ranks to become an anti-Vietnam War radical who bombs the local post office. She kills an innocent man and goes underground, leaving the father to figure out exactly where he went wrong. The book deals with themes of well-intentioned people getting lost in the chaos and political turmoil of the times, as well as a father’s attempt to rise above shame and reconnect with his troubled daughter.
Michael Siegel of Michael Siegel & Associates, working in concert with literary agent Andrew Wylie of the Wylie Agency, were involved in the screen rights sale.