Would you rather 'Eat, Pray, Love' or 'Drink, Play, F@#k'?

Drinkplayfck_lElizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling novel Eat, Pray, Love, which details the writer’s quest to find happiness in the wake of a difficult divorce, has seemingly clung to the New York Times’ bestseller list for more weeks than there are beads on the author’s Japa Mala prayer necklace. But now it has a rival, and a rival that could potentially make it to the big screen first. Warner Bros has just acquired the rights to Drink, Play, F@#k, the comedic salvo to Gilbert’s self-help manifesto. Drink, by funnyman Andrew Gottleib, tells the fictional story of Bob Sullivan, a man who, after his wife leaves him, "goes on a bender in Ireland, takes a gambling jaunt to Las Vegas, and a embarks on a sex-tourism trip to Thailand."

Drink isn’t out until next year (on Grove Press), while the filmic production of Eat, starring Julia Roberts, is already underway. But we pop-culture seers at EW predict an inevitable battle of morals that eclipses even the battle of the sexes: those who buy into Gilbert’s brand of spiritual succor, or those would rather tango with a succubus (while ripped to the gills, naturally).

Which leads me to ask you this, PopWatchers: Would you rather see the big-screen version of the polarizing Eat, Pray, Love or Drink, Play, F@#k; and if it’s the latter, who would you cast as the lead? (I personally see Vince Vaughn, pictured, in the role, but feel free to get creative here).

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  • Snarf

    The later of course with Colin Farrell in a role he was born to play.

  • Dina

    Definitely Drink, Play, F@#k. Gilbert’s book was one of the most narcissistic piles of crapola I’ve ever read. Boo-hoo, she dumped her husband, had a fling with a loser, then traveled on an all-expenses paid trip around the world, courtesy of her publisher. I’d much rather watch Damian Lewis or even Seth Rogen on a bender.

  • Kai-

    I enjoyed reading, Eat, Pray, Love for what it was. One woman’s interesting journey around the world, not a manifesto on how to live. But as a movie, I’ll take Drink, Play, F@#K anyday. Can’t wait!

  • JJ

    I agree with Dina – E-P-L was a story about a narcissist. The very premise made me angry. This other book sounds much more entertaining. I suggest Nicholas Cage – he’s good at playing the broken down guy.

  • True Dat

    A narcissist?? Really? It’s a MEMOIR. It’s supposed to be all about her. Don’t pick up a memoir if you don’t want to read a book that’s mostly about one person.

  • Lori

    Yes, EPL is a memoir, and as such shouldn’t be characterized at a novel, as it was in the opening sentence of this blog. We can be accurate even as we’re being snarky.

  • C St Cross

    ‘Drink, Play, F@#k’ sounds suspiciously like an upcoming an Apatow/Rogen project.

  • Stephanie T.

    Drink, Play and F@#k, clearly.

  • JJ

    Excuse me, I meant to say that E-P-L was written *BY* a narcissist. I know it’s a memoir. But not all memoirs are about being self-indulgent.

  • Kath

    I’m not a fan of Eat, Pray, Love, but ye gods would I rather see it. The sex industry in Thailand is massively corrupt. It doesn’t need to go through the pop culture meatgrinder.

  • coco

    EP&L is by far one of my favorite books. I enjoyed each stage of it. I would love to see both movies though.

  • MsDaisy

    Uh…none of the above?

  • DanOregon

    Knowing Julia Roberts is starring in Eat, Pray, Love (I can see the trailer know complete with pratfalls) makes me opt for the latter, but Vaughn and John C. Reilly or an Apatowoid would be too obvious. I’d go with Phillip Seymour Hoffman or Johnny Depp.

  • jen

    DPF hasn’t come out yet. It’s probably stupid.EPL is VERY popular. I loved the book.They would probably get Dane Cook or some stupid B list comedian for the part.

  • shr

    I cannot stand EPL- it has the obnoxious Oprah endorsement to make me despise it more.

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