Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise’ Movie in Development

Michael Almereyda
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Uri Singer’s BB Film Productions has optioned movie rights to Don DeLillo’s eighth novel “White Noise,” with filmmaker Michael Almereyda set to adapt the screenplay.

The book follows a professor of Hitler studies at a Midwestern liberal arts college whose life is changed when an industrial accident unleashes a noxious chemical cloud over his town.

The project is the fourth collaboration between Almereyda and Singer, who previously worked together on  “Experimenter,” starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder, and “Marjorie Prime,” which stars Geena Davis, Tim Robbins, Lois Smith and Jon Hamm. The two are also currently developing Almereyda’s biopic about inventor Nicola Tesla.

“I think the book combines a sense of humor with a sense of menace,” Singer said. “The book has great dialogue and features many cinematic episodes.  It radiates an appreciation of American life but also elements of satire.  There’s a central love story between a husband and wife, but with an awareness of the secrets and fears that they keep from one another.  Despite a bloody confrontation at the end, tragedy is averted.”

BB Film Productions is currently in casting for “Rich,” based on “The King of Oil,” the biography of Marc Rich by Daniel Ammann. Matt Rager is adapting the screenplay.

The company has previously produced “Open Road,” starring Andy Garcia and Juliette Lewis, and “Like Sunday, Like Run,” starring Debra Messing, Billie Joe Armstrong and Leighton Meester.

DeLillo is repped by Amy Schiffman at Intellectual Property Group and Robin Straus at The Wallace Agency.

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  1. Alex Meyer says:

    Interesting. I know this is one of the most widely acclaimed books of the 20th century. If it succeeds with critics, I wonder how big of an Oscar contender it will be.

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