**Douglas Coupland was the poster boy for the slacker movement in the early 90's - his novel Shampoo Planet was the handbook for over-educated and under stimulated "Generation X'ers" (a term he popularized). For better or for worse, Coupland was forever tied into the iconography of the 90's -- flannel, Nirvana, and coffee houses. Coupland has become a bit of a Canadian Icon in the last few years through his Souvenir of Canada project -- a series of coffee table books that are his take on the Canadian identity.
Variety has reported that Shoreline Entertainment has picked up Douglas Coupland's Everything's Gone Green for distribution. This is Coupland's first attempt at a screenplay and the film was directed by Paul Fox and stars Paulo Costanzo (Road Trip). Constanzo plays the typical Coupland protagonist who stumbles into a money-laundering scheme only to find himself way out of his depth -- not to mention the usual moral struggles that come from any self respecting middle class criminal. The film has already premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was pretty well received. The soundtrack is also getting a big release with music by popular Canadian "indie bands".
Having never been a big fan of Coupland's novels, the thought of a Coupland screenplay doesn't seem that much of an improvement -- all that apathy kind of leaves me cold. On the plus side, the man has an encyclopedic knowledge of humorous pop culture, so he just might be able to pull it off.
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