Netflix has reportedly won the film rights to J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy” after a tense bidding war.
The movie version of Vance’s best-selling 2016 memoir on blue-collar life in Appalachia will be directed by Ron Howard, according to Deadline, which was first to report the news.
The move by Netflix is reportedly part of a $45 million deal, with Vanessa Taylor, who co-wrote 2017’s “The Shape of Water,” adapting the book into a feature-length film.
Vance, 34, briefly toyed with an Ohio Senate bid ahead of last year’s midterm elections. But the author eventually ruled out the prospect of a jump into politics as a GOP candidate, saying it would have been a "bad call" for his family.
Vance has been called “the Trump whisperer” over his critically lauded depiction of the white working class in the Rust Belt.