Ellen DeGeneres to Produce Movie Adaptation of SING YOU HOME

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has purchased the movie rights to Jodi Picoult’s latest book, Sing You Home. According to Deadline, the funny lady will produce the movie along with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Picoult’s books generally deal with controversial, “ripped from the headlines” type issues, and Sing You Home is no different. It’s about a lesbian couple, Zoe and Vanessa, fighting for custody of Zoe’s fertilized embryos. They are leftover from the in vitro fertilization procedure Zoe had when she was married to her ex-husband, Max. However, Max has joined an evangelical church since their divorce, and doesn’t want Zoe to have them. The book is also unique in that it comes with a CD of original music.

Ellen optioned Sing You Home with her own money, which is a sign of how passionate she is about the project. That is good news for Picoult, who was reportedly unhappy with how moviemakers changed the ending to My Sister’s Keeper. Picoult has also mentioned in interviews that Sing You Home is a deeply personal book, as her teenage son came out to her and her husband while she was writing it.

Have you read Sing You Home? Which actors do you see starring in the movie?

Synopsis of Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult:

Every life has a soundtrack. All you have to do is listen.

Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. There’s the melody that reminds her of the summer she spent rubbing baby oil on her stomach in pursuit of the perfect tan. A dance beat that makes her think of using a fake ID to slip into a nightclub. A dirge that marked the years she spent trying to get pregnant.

For better or for worse, music is the language of memory. It is also the language of love.

In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people—even those she loves and trusts most—don’t want that to happen.

Sing You Home is about identity, love, marriage, and parenthood. It’s about people wanting to do the right thing for the greater good, even as they work to fulfill their own personal desires and dreams. And it’s about what happens when the outside world brutally calls into question the very thing closest to our hearts: family.


Music by Ellen Wilber

Lyrics by Jodi Picoult

All songs performed by Ellen Wilber

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