Matthew Quick’s Silver Linings followup lands at DreamWorks

It could be a silver linings paycheck.

Matthew Quick, author of the novel-turned-Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook, has sold screen rights to his upcoming book, The Good Luck of Right Now, to DreamWorks. Michael Fleming broke the news on yesterday. Quick, who quit his job as a teacher at Haddonfield High to try his hand at a writing career, typed Silver Linings Playbook on his MacBook, camped out and jobless in his in-laws’ basement in central Massachusetts. It took him several years -- and several failed novels – but he found a publisher. The rest is history: filmmaker David O. Russell got his hands on the book and turned it into the Bradley Cooper-Jennifer Lawrence mood-swinging, Philly-centric gem currently playing in theaters and nominated for eight Academy Awards.

The Good Luck of Right Now traces the lives of four characters whose paths cross and who all have issues to deal with, emotionally, psychologically and relationshipally speaking. And one of the protagonists, caring for his dementia-stricken mom, writes letters to Richard Gere. Yes, Richard Gere. The Good Luck of Right Now is, like Silver Linings Playbook, set in and around Philadelphia. Publication is tentative for Spring, 2014. Quick also has a young adult novel, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, coming in August.