Don DeLillo's 'White Noise' Coming To Film

Don DeLillo's 'White Noise' Coming To Film

White Noise, Don DeLillo's breakthrough 1985 novel, has been optioned by BB Film Productions, and filmmaker Michael Almereyda (Hamlet, Experimenter) is said to be adapting the story for the screen.

Although White Noise is one of DeLillo's best-known novels, this is far from the author's first shot at putting something on film. Cosmopolis was published in 2003 and adapted in 2012 by David Cronenberg to low/middling reviews. DeLillo's novel Never Ever was adapted as well, and it garnered similar results. Perhaps DeLillo's most successful movie endeavor is Game 6, a movie he wrote as a movie rather than writing the novel and having it adapted by a screenwriter. 

However, it's entirely possible that White Noise, DeLillo's most popular work, will make for great movie fodder. Readers and fans know that once the plot kicks in, it kicks hard.

The Goodreads summary:

A brilliant satire of mass culture and the numbing effects of technology, White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, a teacher of Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America. Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by their love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring, navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. Then a lethal black chemical cloud, unleashed by an industrial accident, floats over their lives, an "airborne toxic event" that is a more urgent and visible version of the white noise engulfing the Gladneys—the radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, and TV murmurings that constitute the music of American magic and dread.

Have you read it? Think it'll make for a decent movie?

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Peter Derk lives, writes, and works in Colorado. Buy him a drink and he'll talk books all day.  Buy him two and he'll be happy to tell you about the horrors of being responsible for a public restroom.

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