Lucia Berlin’s short stories are going to the big screen, Variety reports†
Oscar-winning actor Cate Blanchett stars in a film adaptation of the Berlin short story collection A guide for cleaners† The film will be the first English-language film from Pedro Almodóvar, the legendary Spanish director of films such as Women on the brink of a nervous breakdown and Tie me Up! Tie me Up!
Berlin’s collection was published in 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, nearly 11 years after her death at age 68. In a starred review, a critic of Kirkus praised the book as “evidence of a writer whose explorations of the rougher corners of society deserve wider attention.”
The book became a bestseller and finalist for the Kirkus Prize, introducing the late Berlin, whose work had previously been published by indie press Black Sparrow, to a wide audience. Another posthumous collection, Evening in paradisefollowed three years later.
Blanchett and Almodóvar will produce the film along with Andrew Upton (Carol), Coco Francini (Skylanders Academy), Brian Oliver (Black Swan), and Bradley Fischer (Suspiria†
There is no word yet on additional cast and crew for the film, which Variety says “is in early stages of development.”
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.