From the GATW Archives: Exclusive: EASIER WITH PRACTICE director to adapt David Sedaris short story into feature film

If you’re reading this, you’re either a fan of David Sedaris, or you saw last year’s gem, EASIER WITH PRACTICE, and loved it just as Kate, James, and myself did.  After touring the festival circuit, EWP’s writer/ director Kyle Patrick Alvarez went on to win the Someone to Watch Award at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards.  So it was only a matter of time before Alvarez got started on a new project.

Last night, I received an email from one of our readers about Alvarez’s next project based on Sedaris’s short story “C.O.G.” from the book Naked. My source told me that she attended a live reading with Sedaris in New Orleans last week, and after the reading, Sedaris did a Q&A where someone asked about his book Me Talk Pretty One Day, which almost made it to the big screen back in 2002. Sedaris went on to say that he decided not to go through with it (there were concerns about how his family would be portrayed, which can be read in his story “Repeat After Me” from the collection Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim), but he had just given the rights to one of Naked's short stories to Alvarez.

Apparently Sedaris is a fan of EWP (I like you even more now Sedaris), as he told the audience that Alvarez offered Sedaris for script approval, but he said he didn’t need it. After learning about Sedaris’s family concerns, and knowing the content in all of his books (autobiographical stories in which he at times pokes fun at), this is a big deal.

Here’s where GATW got lucky. After doing two reviews and interviews for EWP, we’ve built a friendship with Alvarez. So after I received this information, I contacted him via facebook and asked him about the email I got, and here’s what he told me:

I can confirm that project is real. The rights I got are to the story “C.O.G.”  I’ve finished script and I’m currently working on getting it financed.

There you have it folks, one of Sedaris’s written works will finally hit the big screen.  Have I mentioned that Alvarez is only 26?  More to follow on this story soon.

And for those of you who may not be familiar with Sedaris’s work, here is the synopsis of “C.O.G”:

A description of Sedaris’ job cutting stone into clocks in the shape of Oregon. He teams up with a co-worker who describes himself as a “C.O.G.” (Child of God), and the two try to sell their stones at local craft fairs.

Big thank you to Pat for sending us this scoop!