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LINCOLN IN THE BARDO: Nick Offerman And Megan Mullally Plan Historical Novel Adaptation

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Nick Offerman And Megan Mullally Obtain Rights To Lincoln In The Bardo

Parks and Recreation alumni Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally have bought the rights to adapt George Saunders’ novel Lincoln In The Bardo for the big screen.

Offerman and Mullally are, of course, widely recognized for their memorable roles as Ron Swanson and his ex-wife Tammy on the hit NBC sitcom. The relationship between the two characters, which entails the beleaguered city official fight off the amorous advances of his lecherous ex, is inspired in no small part by their real-life comedy act, which recently was taped for a special entitled Summer of ’69: No Apostrophe.

Set during the turmoil of the Civil War, the book follows Abraham Lincoln as he tries to cope with the death of his 11-year-old son Willie. Meanwhile, the spirit of the young boy along with other unfortunates find themselves stuck in the “bardo”, a sort-of Buddhist equivalent of purgatory.

Deadline, the source of this story, also notes that Saunders is to work with Offerman and Mullally on the adaptation and quotes him as saying such about the incipient partnership:

“I am thrilled to be in artistic cahoots with Megan and Nick, two artists I’ve long admired,” Saunders said. “I can’t imagine two more brilliant, wide-open, joyful collaborators. This is going to be big fun. My hope is that we can find a way to make the experience of getting this movie made as wild and enjoyable and unpredictable as the experience of writing it — I am so happy to have such fearless companions on the trip.”

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