This morning Deadline reported that ABC will soon buy a new comedy based on Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood by Michael Lewis. Adaptation is nothing new for Lewis: Moneyball, based on one of his many books, is in theaters now; The Blind Side, based on another, was a Best Picture nominee in 2010. Just last month he told The Hollywood Reporter he would be writing the screenplay for Liar’s Poker, based on his first book, himself.
Home Game was adapted from a series of essays for Slate—two series, actually. The first, in 2002, chronicled Lewis’s experiences after his second daughter, Dixie, was born. He covered everything from being in the delivery room to knocking himself out while ice skating and getting mistaken for Adam Gopnik. Thanks to fatherhood, Lewis wrote, he could “no longer enjoy rolling the dice in the stock market”: Risk in general became unappealing.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
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The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.