Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman have acquired movie rights to Lincoln In The Bardo, the bestselling novel from George Saunders that hit shelves last month. The pair will produce the adaptation with Saunders, and no director or cast has been set.
Published by Random House, short-story writer Saunders’ first novel is set against the backdrop of the Civil War and centers on Abraham Lincoln’s grief over the death of his 11-year-old son Willie, with much of the action taking place in the graveyard where Willie and other unsettled spirits languish in the “bardo,” a Buddhist term for the transitory state between lives. The novel debuted atop the New York Times bestseller list and is also No. 1 in the UK.