“I met with somebody a while ago and they said, ‘We want you to write the movie. We want you to make whatever you want.’ It was someone I couldn’t believe I was sitting in the room with,” he recalled. “I realized when I left, I immediately started thinking about other things. When she wrote back it was like, ‘I haven’t thought about that at all.’ But anybody in this town, they would be on fire. I’m the last person. It’s just not there. It’s just not in me.”
Having rethought the “automatic no” response – with a Sundance premiere to validate that decision – it raised the question: Would Sedaris let more movies be made out of his essays?
“I have a model of a relationship … template,” Sedaris said. “You meet somebody and you like them and you have faith in them and you think, ‘I’d like to see that.’ ”