‘Go The F— To Sleep’: Coming The F— To A Theater Near You?
'Go The F--- To Sleep'
Practically every successful work of fiction gets optioned for the movies eventually, but one book that seemed like a poor bet for a film adaptation may be coming to the big screen after all: "Go The F--- To Sleep."
Fox 2000 has announced they’ve purchased the film rights to Adam Mansbach's popular children's book parody, published by Akashic Books, in which a parent tries with increasing desperation to persuade their two-year-old offspring to settle down and take a nap, with a growing number of F bombs being dropped as the story goes along.
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"Go The F--- To Sleep" became an immediate commercial success when it was published in 2011, jumping to the top of Amazon's Best Seller's list, and an audio version of the book, read by Samuel L. Jackson, became a viral sensation that same year. But the announcement that Fox 2000 wants to make a feature film out of Mansbach's book raises a lot of questions. Since the book is only thirty-two pages long, and it can be read aloud in less than five minutes, how will Marino and Oyama stretch it out to full length? Is the studio thinking of an animated film that will follow the style of Ricardo Cortes's original illustrations, or will they go for a live-action interpretation? How does Fox 2000 expect to release a movie with the F Word in the title? (It's been done, but never by a major American studio and not outside the art-house circuit.) And will Samuel L. Jackson be brought in to narrate the story? (If he's not available, Werner Herzog did a dandy job with it, too.)