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I laughed right along with everyone else (well, everyone else who has a foul mouth and appreciates profane humor) when Adam Mansbach's priceless not-for-children book Go the F*ck to Sleep hit stores. I cheered loudly when it became an overnight hit. (I may have been a wee bit jealous -- why didn't I think of that first, damn it? -- but still, I cheered.) I imaginary air-high-fived Mansbach when he tapped Samuel L. Jackson to record the unforgettable audio version. But I have to say, I'm bewildered by the news that they're planning to spin the bestselling spoof into a movie.
I get the book, really I do. It's amusing to see the words "I know you're not thirsty. That's bullsh*t. Stop lying. Lie the f*ck down, my darling, and sleep" alongside a sweet illustration of a tot jumping on a bed floating on a lake in an Ansel Adams-like setting. [Insert hearty chuckle here.] But what's the movie hook? A couple who tries everything they can think of -- rocking, bouncing, driving around the neighborhood at all hours of the night -- to get their child to go to bed and finally resort to yelling obscenities at him? And I should pay a sitter cold hard cash to see this?
According to Deadline Hollywood, husband and wife team Ken Marino and Erica Oyama have been hired to write the adaptation for Fox 2000. (Oyama created the E! series Burning Love, which Marino starred in and directed for three seasons.) Fingers crossed they aren't actually going to stick to the plotline.
Jenna McCarthy is an internationally published writer, TED speaker and the author of five books including If It Was Easy They'd Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon: Living with and Loving the TV-Addicted, Sex-Obsessed, Not-so-handy Man You Married (Berkley Books, 2011). Find her at JennaMcCarthy.com.