Eleanor Oliphant goes to the big screen.

A film adaptation of the bestseller by Gail Honeyman Eleanor Oliphant is all right is in the works for MGM, Deadline reports† The film will be directed by Harry Bradbeer, known for his work on the television series flea bag

Honeyman’s 2017 novel follows a lonely, socially awkward woman who befriends another misfit, an IT worker in her office. A critic of Kirkus called the book, which was the very first choice for Reese Witherspoon’s book club, an “endearing debut.” [that] is part comic book, part emotional thriller and part love story.”

In a 2017 interview of Book pageHoneyman said she was inspired to write the book after reading a newspaper article about loneliness.

†[W]When loneliness is discussed in the media, it’s usually in the context of older people,” Honeyman said. “As I thought more about it, I realized that there were plenty of possible routes to a young person who was in those circumstances, through no fault of their own, and how difficult it can be at any age to forge meaningful connections. the story and character of Eleanor.”

The screenplay for the film is being written by Georgia Pritchett (Veep, Succession), with Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter (Big little lies, little fires everywhere) produce. Emily Ferenbach (the morning show) will serve as executive producer.

Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.