A ‘Super Sad True Love Story’ TV Show Is Coming From Ben Stiller And ‘House Of Cards' Producers, Which Is The Best News

BLACK AND WHITE VERSION US actor Ben Stiller arrives for the screening of 'Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted' presented out of competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 18, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/GettyImages)
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Here is a super true, not-at-all sad book story. Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story will be a TV series, thanks to Ben Stiller and and the studio behind House of Cards.

Super Sad True Love Story is a novel about Lenny Abramov, the son of a Russian immigrant in a futuristic world that is falling apart. He loves what once were known as books and a woman named Eunice. He hopes that the nation's Chinese creditors won’t foreclose on America, now tech-hungry and broke. Super Sad was heralded by journals and magazines worldwide as a must-read and won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize.

Gary Shteyngart is a prolific writer of memoirs, novels, and blurbs. (Shteyngart has said of himself, “Gary Shteyngart blurbs are touching, funny and true. This is a blurber to watch.”) Which is all pretty amazing, considering his (not actually true) terrible secret:

"I can't read!" Shteyngart admitted in this touching, if fictitious, mini-documentary. 

Stiller has bought the rights to a television series with Media Rights Capital and he will also be directing a few episodes, according to The Christian Science Monitor. Shteyngart and screenwriter Karl Gajdusek (most recently of Last Resort and Dead Like Me) have adapted the novel into a serialized dramedy and will co-produce. And while MRC is exploring casting options, they have yet to send the series out to the networks. So waiting on a release date might be, well, a wait. 

Shteyngart's Facebook response to the news that Ben Stiller would be joining the series was as succinct and expressive as his prose. Wrote Shteyngart, "Wooooohooooooo!"

Image: Ann Larie Valentine/flickr 

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