Fox Searchlight is developing "a comedic drama," about Macefield and her unlikely friendship with the superintendent of the construction project that threatened her home, Barry Martin.
This seemed pleasantly inevitable, somehow: The story of the little house owned by Edith Macefield, who fought against demolition of her home in a busily developing Ballard block, has made it to Hollywood.
Macefield, who died in 2008, at one point reportedly declined an offer of $750,000 to sell her house to developers, saying she didn’t care about the money. The house made national news, both for Macefield’s story and for what some saw as a resemblance to the house in Pixar’s “Up.” Now the Hollywood connection is complete: The Hollywood Reporter writes that Fox Searchlight is developing “a comedic drama,” about Macefield and her unlikely friendship with the superintendent of the construction project, Barry Martin.
The script, based on a memoir by Martin, will focus on “how each changed the other’s life, and how living a life with dignity is a basic human need.” Will Gluck, who directed “Easy A” and “Annie,” will produce. Macefield’s house is currently owned by a nonprofit, which is currently raising funds to move it to Orcas Island.