August 6, 2013: BIG AND EXCITING NEWS!!!


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OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: FilmNation Entertainment has acquired from Jane Rosenthal the rights to the bestselling Ann Leary novel The Good House. They’re reuniting one of the great screen couples, Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, and Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours(Streep starred in the movie) is set to adapt the book.

The novel is darkly comic, and told through the eyes of Hildy Good (Streep), a New England realtor and not-so-recovering alcoholic whose perfectly compartmentalized life starts to come apart at the seams when she forms a new friendship with Rebecca McCallister. As Rebecca becomes the subject of town gossip, Hildy rekindles an old flame with Frank Getchell (De Niro), a tell it like it is Yankee, who tries to un-complicate her complicated life. Streep and De Niro starred together previously in 1978′s The Deer Hunter, 1984′s Falling In Loveand 1996′s Marvin’s Room.

De Niro’s Tribeca Productions partner Rosenthal will produce with FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder. Tribeca veep Berry Welsh will be exec producer and FilmNation partner Steve Samuels helped bring the project together through a relationship with the author.

Said Rosenthal: “Ann Leary has an intoxicating voice and created a truly original character in Hildy Good. When I read the book, I was only sorry it ended – but so thrilled that we’ll be able to bring it to the screen with Meryl Streep as the irresistible Hildy. It’s the perfect project to work on with Michael Cunningham and we are excited to be doing this in partnership with FilmNation, as they were equally passionate about Ann’s characters.”

Streep, De Niro and Cunningham are repped by CAA. Leary is repped by Sylvie Rabineau. CAA will broker a domestic rights deal.


The Good House paperback publication date:  October 1st, 2013.


The New York Times Sunday Book Review ran this lovely review on March 10th.

Lee Woodruff interviewed Ann for CBS THIS Morning on March 7, 2013. Watch the segment here.

The New York Times included a very nice feature on Ann and  The Good House in the February 3rd Sunday Styles section. You may read it here.

Here’s a nice review from USA TODAY.

The Boston Herald featured Ann and The Good House in its “Inside Track” column on February 3rd.  Here it is.

People Magazine has chosen the The Good House as the “Pick of the Week” in their January 27th issue, giving it a 4-star review!

Boston Magazine featured a review of The Good House in its January issue, calling it “One of the best works of Massachusetts fiction in recent memory.” Read the review.

Redbook Magazine featured The Good House in its February issue with a wonderful review, as well as a Q&A with Ann.

Ann was on The Leonard Lopate Show on Tuesday February 15th, live at 1:00 PM. WNYC 93.9 FM. Listen to the interview here.

Film rights to The Good House have been optioned by Tribeca Productions.