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David Sedaris essay will become a film

The film adaptation of the David Sedaris essay 'C.O.G.' is slated to start production this October.

By Staff Writer / August 7, 2012

Writer David Sedaris has never before given permission for his essays to be adapted into film.

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Essay titan David Sedaris will see one of his short pieces adapted for the big screen, with production on the film set to begin this October.

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The essay titled “C.O.G” (Child of God) by Sedaris is slated to become a film from Kyle Patrick Alvarez, who previously wrote and directed the 2009 film “Easier with Practice.”

“C.O.G.” follows Sedaris and an acquaintance working at a fair to sell pieces of rock in the shape of the state of Oregon.

“I always thought there was something cinematic about this story," Alvarez told IndieWire. "So after I finished 'Easier With Practice,' I started pursuing it. But everyone was like 'No, no, thanks for trying.’”

Alvarez attended one of Sedaris’s book signings and gave the author a copy of his film. Sedaris e-mailed Alvarez, saying the movie had intrigued him and asking why he thought “C.O.G.” should be a movie. Alvarez said he stayed up all night crafting a six-page e-mail in reply and that he thinks part of why Sedaris agreed to adapt the story is that Sedaris’s family don’t make appearances in the essay.

“[Sedaris] has been incredibly gracious and supportive,” Alvarez said of the development period of the film.

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