Based on Nick Hornby’s novel, the upcoming dramedy A Long Way Down stars Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, and Imogen Poots as four individuals – a failed musician, a former TV personality, a single mother, and a troubled teen – who meet on top of a London skyscraper on New Year’s Eve. After talking themselves out of committing suicide, they “form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.”
The entertainment industry seems to have taken a liking to Nick Hornby’s novels, having already adapted About a Boy, Fever Pitch, and High Fidelity. There’s even an upcoming About a Boy TV series, starring David Walton, Minnie Driver, and Benjamin Stockham, that will premiere on NBC following the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The Guardian‘s Joanna Briscoe gave Hornby’s book a mostly favorable review, saying:
“A Long Way Down” is a good novel struggling to find a way out of the limitations of its own gimmick, but ultimately the conceit is so off-beam that one can almost ignore it and flow with the farce. This is an enjoyably readable, bumpy ride of a book, paradoxically both dangerously contrived and genuinely moving. [The Guardian]
Rosamund Pike and Sam Neill also star, with Pascal Chaumeil directing.
A Long Way Down premieres in the U.K. on March 21, 2014.