Reif Larsen Might Yet Earn Out His Giant Advance


Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of Amelie, has acquired the film rights to Reif Larsen’s debut novel The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, promising a celebration of twee cuteness and uplifting precocious children as well as a possible comeback for a book that never quite  fulfilled the hype that preceded it.

Back in 2008, we called Reif Larsen the “Million Dollar Baby” when his debut novel, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, was acquired for just shy of $1 million by Ann Godoff at Penguin Press. Following the adventures of a genius 12-year-old cartographer, it was one of those McSweeny-ish creations where the margins of the novels were filled with fun illustrations and maps. As The New York Times put it, “It would not be necessary to consult the author bio to know that Larsen has an M.F.A.”