George Saunders’ children’s book The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, illustrated by Lane Smith is to be adapted for film by MGM.
Saunders himself will produce the adaptation about the seaside fable telling the story of a little girl named Capable and her plight to fight off a daily invasion of Gappers, bright orange, multi-eyed creatures that love goats so much that they attach themselves to them and prevent them from giving milk.
When the Gappers target Capable’s goats, her town’s only two neighboring families (it’s a small town) turn their backs on Capable and her widowed father, leaving the heroine to fend for herself against the pesky creatures. In trying to save herself, she goes on a journey of discovery, learning invaluable lessons about community and compassion.
The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip was published in 2000 when George Saunders teamed up with the acclaimed artist Lane Smith.
George Saunders' most recent collection, Tenth of December, won both the inaugural Folio Prize and the 2013 PEN/Award for Excellence in the Short Story. He teaches at Syracuse University. George Saunders is part of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Lane Smith received the Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement award in 2014. Lane Smith has won several Caldecott honors and is known for such works as The Stinky Cheese Man and Grandpa Green. He illustrated an edition of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach and was a film designer on Disney’s 1996 adaptation of the book.