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Reese Witherspoon is adapting this 1200-word short story into a film for Netflix.

Emily Temple

August 13, 2019, 1:03pm

Today, Variety reported that Netflix has won the rights to Pyros, a science-fiction story based on Thomas Pierce’s flash fiction piece “Tardy Man,” which appeared in the New Yorker last August. Reese Witherspoon, the Savior of All Literature herself, is attached to produce and star. The story, whose narrator is fused into an indestructible suit so he can help rich people save their belongings in case of disaster, sold after a seven-way auction.

Read “Tardy Man” for yourself and see how far 1209 words can get you! And while we’re here, you may want to read some of Pierce’s other fine storytelling.

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