Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks have signed on to a film adaptation of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran-Foer's twee-dorable novel about a young boy who lost his father on September 11, 2001.
I don't want to make any generalizations, but this project seems like an idiot-proof shot at winning every single award ever in 2011. I mean, aside from the fact that it stars two very Oscar-friendly leads, Hanks and Bullock, it's taking on the Twin Towers attacks at the exact ten-year point, basically the perfect amount of time for serious, poignant rumination to begin. Not convinced? It's written by Eric Roth, who's responsible for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Forrest Gump. Plus, the original text is just so f'ing sweet.
In one memorable passage, the little boy narrator wishes that ambulances had displays on top that flashed messages for the worried passersby, from DON’T WORRY! DON’T WORRY! to IT’S MAJOR! IT’S MAJOR! depending on your relationship with the injured:
And maybe you could rate the people you knew by how much you loved them, so if the device of the person in the ambulance detected the device of the person he loved the most, or the person who loved him the most, and the person in the ambulance was really badly hurt, and might even die, the ambulance could flash
GOODBYE! I LOVE YOU! GOODBYE! I LOVE YOU!
If you're still not convinced, think about the main character's name. Yes, that's correct: Oskar.