After being caught in development hell for three years, it looks like Dave Eggers' autobiography, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, is on its way to the big screen. Universal Pictures is picking up rights to the book from New Line, and Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) will be developing the project. Interestingly, Nick Hornby and D.V. DeVincentis (screenwriter of Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity) adapted the book.
If the NBC-Vivendi Universal merger goes through, Gothamist imagines we'll be seeing a lot of Dave Eggers on the Today show and Dateline, as well as specials about the making of the film, then AHWSTG's cable rights going to Bravo and TV rights to NBC. Maybe Dave Eggers will be on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy - McSweeney's did do a list of possible spin-offs (hey, we think Jew Eye for the Goy Guy has legs!). But the big question Gothamist has is, will Vince Vaughn make a cameo appearance?