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Lake Bell to Direct Film Adaption of The Emperor’s Children: Reports

Actress Lake Bell arrives at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica
Danny Moloshok—Reuters Actress Lake Bell arrives at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California on March 1, 2014.

The budding director is set to tackle her next project following the success of her debut In a World

Actress and promising auteur Lake Bell is booked to direct the film adaptation of Claire Messud’s 2006 novel The Emperor’s Children, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The feature is set to be produced by Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment, while the screenplay has reportedly been penned by indie-film stalwart Noah Baumbach. There is no word yet on when the movie will hit theaters.

The narrative follows the lives of three affluent but struggling late-20-somethings leading up to and after 9/11, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The novel was long-listed for the 2006 Man Booker Prize and picked up the 2007 Massachusetts Book Award for fiction.

The Emperor’s Children will be Bell’s second feature film to direct following the success of her helmer debut In a World.

[Hollywood Reporter]

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