Novelist David Eggers is firing agents left and right, playing hide and seek with Hollywood.
With both book and film co-agents out of the picture, sources say Eggers has opted to rep himself.
Meanwhile, in the past week, Simon & Schuster has sold the paperback rights to his “Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” to Vintage for $1.4 million, foreign publishers in 10 countries have coughed up an estimated $500,000, and the book has climbed to No. 5 on the New York Times non-fiction bestsellers list, where it has been for the past eight weeks.
Such news is becoming heartbreaking to producers and studios in Hollywood hoping to snag the film rights to Eggers book — particularly since sources say at least one studio made a significant seven-figure offer and the writer turned it down.
But Eggers is nobody’s fool. Eggers, like George Lucas and a growing number of A-list talent, wants to call his own shots — and so far has succeeded.
“Heartbreaking” details how both of Eggers’ parents died of cancer in the space of five weeks, leaving the author to raise his 8-year-old younger sibling — with a little help from older siblings.
“The story is at once funny, tender, annoying and, yes, heartbreaking,” reads the New York Times review of the book. “(It is) an epic, in the end, not of woe, though there’s plenty of that too, but an epic about family and how families fracture and fragment and somehow, through all the tumult and upset, manage to endure.”