Literary works and movie deals


It’s high season for Oscar bait, and multiplexes are filled with literary adaptations, including the Coen brothers’ bloody take on Cormac McCarthy’s “No Country for Old Men” and Mike Newell’s film of Gabriel García Márquez’s “Love in the Time of Cholera.” Coming later this fall are big-screen versions of Ian McEwan’s “Atonement,” Philip Pullman’s “Golden Compass” and Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis,” among others.

Literary writers have gone west in search of greater fame and fortune at least since the days of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, and books have long inspired films. But today, some publishers are going directly into the movie business themselves. Last month, HarperCollins, a division of News Corp., announced a partnership with Sharp Independent to develop movies based on HarperCollins books. Meanwhile, Random House Inc. has teamed up with Focus Features to co-produce two to three movies a year based on fiction and nonfiction from its dozen imprints. Its first collaboration, “Reservation Road,” directed by Terry George and based on John Burnham Schwartz’s 1998 novel, played in theaters.

(Source: New York Times)

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