I wrote a screenplay based on an as-yet unfinished novel by my dear friend Karen Rinaldi. I am currently calling the screenplay “Maggie’s Plan”. Julianne Moore is attached to play one of the three main parts but I am still trying to figure out who will play Maggie herself. It has been a liberating experience in some ways, working from someone else’s book. I got the premise for free and so I saved a huge amount of time, and was able to spend time just creating characters and embellishing plot. Both Personal Velocity and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee were books and films, so each project took between five and seven years to write the book, write the screenplay, produce the film, make the film. And since my last novel, Jacob’s Folly, took five years just to write, I feel I need a lighter writing experience. And something closer to a pure directorial experience. I can’t seem to expunge writing totally from the directing experience, and I don’t want to, yet there is something wonderful about this letting go.