Claire Lombardo’s The Most Fun We Ever Had debuted on the New York Times bestseller list — an impressive start for this first-time novelist who started life in Oak Park. That book, which launched last June here at Ernest Hemingway’s Birthplace Museum, caught the eye of some Hollywood bigwigs. Laura Dern and Amy Adams are signed on to be executive producers of an HBO series based on Lombardo’s book.
“I’m absolutely thrilled with how this venture has unfolded thus far, and with the fact that the project is in the capable hands of so many smart and talented women,” Lombardo said. “To see The Most Fun We Ever Had find new life beyond the page is incredibly exciting.”
The 500-page work follows the Sorenson family and is partly set in Oak Park. Lombardo can’t say if the series will be set here, but she is the one penning the script, under supervision from seasoned writer/producer Anya Epstein.
“This is my first time writing for television and it’s been a real delight, almost like learning a new language,” Lombardo said. “To be able to venture down new technical avenues of writing has been fascinating…”
Lombardo, who can write from anywhere, currently resides in Pennsylvania, but is sheltering in place in Minneapolis, where she was visiting when “things started to get serious” with COVID-19.
At this point, there is no potential date for the show to debut, or actors chosen for the parts.
“My writer-brain doesn’t look at my characters in terms of actors, so it’s my new favorite game to play with readers and book clubs, to pick their brains about who they see playing so-and-so.”
Stay tuned to see how the happy Sorenson parents and their four “radically different daughters” translate to the screen.