Susanna Hoffs’ Musical Novel ‘That Bird Has Flown Away’ Becomes a Movie
Susanna Hoffs’ next debut novel This bird has flown away will be adapted into a film, according to Deadline. Hoffs’ book — a romantic comedy that goes behind the scenes of the music industry — is currently set for release on April 4 via Little, Brown and Company.
The producers will be Steve Hutensky, Sarah Harvey, Margaret Chernin and Universal Pictures Executive Vice President Erik Baiers. “As a fiction, film and music junkie, writing the novel was a dream come true,” the Bangles singer said. “As I was writing This bird has flown away, the songs provided the score; I visualized the action and dialogue unfolding as if I was watching a movie come to life in my head. Learning to adapt the book to the screen is the icing on the cake of this joyful experience.
“I’ve also been a lifelong fan of Liza and Bruna’s work,” Hoffs added. “When my book-to-film agent, Sylvie Rabineau, shared a list of potential producers, I focused on them, but they were listed separately. They loved the characters and the thrill between them, the peek behind the curtain of a 30-something musician struggling to survive in this world. When they decided to collaborate on the film adaptation, and then Erik Baiers from Universal also connected on the novel, I knew we had our ultimate dream team!
Hoffs briefly alluded to her novel in a File interview last year, telling us about balancing Bangles’ demands with new upcoming projects: “And I wrote a novel, and a lot of things you’ll probably know about more publicly soon, but I’m just one of those people who wakes up in the morning and I have a lot to do creating all these different pieces of content.