Dave Eggers created a sensation with his debut -- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius -- a memoir about raising his younger brother, Toph, after the deaths of their parents. It reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list, and was a Pulitzer finalist. Way back in 2000, New Line picked up the rights, in 2002, Nick Hornby and D.V. DeVincentis were going to write it, which sounds solid, but then it slipped into development hell when they handed over their script. While we won't be getting any cinematic, Staggering Genius any time soon, Variety has reported that Process Media, the dudes behind Shortbus, have grabbed the feature rights to Eggers' first novel -- You Shall Know Our Velocity.

The story is about two childhood friends, Will and Hand, who decide to set off on a whirlwind, global, week-long journey after Will comes into a huge sum of money -- because he is uncomfortable having it. Instead of just blowing the money on fun, the two plan to give chunks of the cash away to people they find to be the most deserving. Believer (which is part of the Eggers fold) writer Wells Tower has been picked to adapt the story, in what is looking to be his first screenplay. The real icing on this cake is who they tapped to direct -- Miguel Arteta -- he's the guy who brought two of Mike White's indie faves to life -- Chuck & Buck and The Good Girl. If this adaptation gets past the first attempt, the next step will be casting. Who would you pick?
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