From CNN today comes the news that the sure-to-be-funny-the-first-couple-times-you-read-it children’s bedtime book, Go the F-ck to Sleep has already hit #1 on the Amazon bestseller list, ahead of its June 14th release date (a release date that was moved up from October with a first run increase to 150,000 copies (minimum), due to high demand).
The story seems funny enough, and you can go read more about the book over at CNN, but the line that got me was the final one:
The movie rights have been sold to Fox 2000.
If it weren’t CNN, I would think that were some kind of idiotic joke. While it’s not unheard of for movie rights to optioned or sold before a book’s release (the rights to The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger were famously scooped up pre-publication, and Kathryn Stockett’s forthcoming The Help was also picked up prior to release), and we’ve seen plenty of children’s book adaptations over the past decade, but how on earth are they going to stretch a book that’s half fantastic bedtime story and half “f-ck off, little brat” into a movie? (Stupid question, I know. It is Hollywood, after all.)
Thanks to Tia for the tip via Twitter!