The film will follow the rebuilding efforts of the Sierra Nevada foothills community, where Howard's mother-in-law and 26,000 other people once lived. He "has relatives in nearby Redding, visited the town in December, viewing the destruction caused by the Nov. 8 Camp Fire," Kilday writes. Howard told the Paradise Post then, "You have to see it to really believe it. And you have to talk to the people to really feel the level of both the inspiration and, also, the struggle."
The film, tentatively titled "Rebuilding Paradise," promises "a microcosmic look at the growing global repercussions of climate change through a community destroyed by one of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in U.S. history," Kilday reports.
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Meanwhile, Netflix won the "fierce bidding war' for Howard's film adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance's "critically revered account of growing up in the Rust Belt and a personal analysis of the white underclass, race and privilege in America," Lynette Rice of Deadline Hollywood reports. The book has been criticized for its use of Appalachian stereotypes. "Howard will direct while Vanessa Taylor, co-writer of 'The Shape of Water,' will adapt" the book for the screen. "The idea is to shoot later this year but cast has yet to be set."
"Netflix is expected to fully finance the project, which could reportedly ring in at $45 million," Rice reports. That indicates the movie "could get a theatrical bow before it shows up on the streaming service," like "Roma," the Netflix feature that has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards.