It’s been an awful long time coming – almost a year, in fact – though today Variety is reporting that Ben Stiller is finally making some headway with his small-screen rendition of Super Sad True Love Story.
Yes, remaining true to the old adage that true love never dies, Stiller will now take the reins of the project for Showtime, working from a script produced by Karl Gajdusek of Oblivion and Trespass fame. Pitched as a social satire, Super Sad True Love Story is based on the novel of the same name by Gary Shteyngart. Whisking viewers to a not-so-distant future where the American economy is on the brink of collapse, said Love Story revolves around Lenny Abramov and his relationship with an “impossibly cute Korean American woman” named Eunice Park.
Here’s the official logline lifted from Shteyngart’s acclaimed printed, bound media artifact:
In the near future, America is crushed by a financial crisis and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Then Lenny Abramov, son of an Russian immigrant janitor and ardent fan of “printed, bound media artifacts” (aka books), meets Eunice Park, an impossibly cute Korean American woman with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. Could falling in love redeem a planet falling apart?
Variety notes that it’s still early days on Ben Stiller’s adaptation of Super Sad True Love Story, though the actor-director can next be seen as the titular imbecile in next month’s comedy sequel Zoolander 2.