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ABC Studios Orders Pilot for Series Based on Debut Novel

ABC Studios has ordered a pilot for a TV show based on Jason Mott‘s debut novel, The Returned. The book will be published by  Harlequin MIRA in September.

Aaron Zelman, who worked on The Killing and Damages on AMC, will both write and produce the project, teaming up with Brad Pitt‘s Plan B production company.

Here’s more from the release: “Mott, a published poet and Pushcart Prize nominee, marks his literary fiction debut with The Returned. The novel is a powerful and haunting exploration of a world where nothing—not even death—is certain, and a moving tale of a family caught up in a worldwide event in which loved ones return from the dead exactly as they last were in life. It depicts a community on the brink of collapse, a family forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.”

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Michael R. Roskam to Direct The Tiger Adaptation

Focus Features has tapped Oscar-nominated director Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead) to helm an adaptation of The Tiger by John Vaillant.

Babel screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga wrote the script. Random House’s Knopf imprint published the nonfiction title in August 2010. The book recounts the story of Russian village’s encounter with a man-eating tiger.

Here’s more from Deadline: “This film was set up originally as a directing vehicle for Darren Aronofsky, who stepped off the project to direct the Russell Crowe-starrer Noah. Brad Pitt produces with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner for Plan B and Aronofsky is producing with Protozoa cohorts Mark Heyman and Ari Handel.”

Christopher Farnsworth Sells the Rights to His Brand New Vampire Novel

As his new book hits shelves today, author Christopher Farnsworth has sold the rights to Blood Oath, a vampire novel crossed with the political thriller. Warp Films hopes to adapt the novel and its unfinished sequel.

The book trailer for the book is embedded above. The film company was founded by Lucas Foster, the producer of the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt movie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and many other films.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Foster has picked up the rights for ‘Oath’ and its follow-up, ‘Black Site,’ which Farnworth is still writing, and will develop scripts for them simultaneously. Farnsworth will work with a screenwriter to help guide the look and feel of the scripts and receive an exec producer credit. Justin Manask, who reps Farnsworth via the Office of Literary Adaptation, also will be involved on the producing side.”

Brad Pitt & Darren Aronofsky Eye Adaptation of John Vaillant’s ‘The Tiger’ Months Before Book’s Release

tiger.pngA few months ahead of its August 24th publication date, John Vaillant‘s nonfiction book The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival is already slated for a high-profile adaptation.

Guillermo Arriaga, the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of Babel, will write the script. The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky will produce the film for his company Protozoa Pictures alongside Brad Pitt‘s Plan B Entertainment. The film is part of a partnership between Random House Inc.’s Random House Films division and Focus Features.

Here’s more from the release: “[The book] takes place on the Siberian plain, where human development is encroaching on the tigers’ habitat–and one tiger turns on the intruders. With townspeople being tracked and hunted with an almost supernatural power, a conservationist game warden must face down the tiger. It is a fight that only one of them can win.”

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Author David Grann on His “Circuitous Path” to the New Yorker

dgrann.jpgAuthor bios on glossy book jackets give the illusion that a writer climbed to the top of the literary profession in heroic, purpose-filled strides. One New Yorker staff writer turned that creation myth upside down in an interview.

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was David Grann, a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and the author of and The Lost City of Z. Grann discussed his newest book, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, and shared tips for aspiring long-form journalists–explaining how he ended up at one of America’s greatest magazines after years of work.

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Here’s an excerpt: “It was a very circuitous path. It was not very linear–I floundered about for many years. I had many different careers early on. I knew I wanted to be a writer. But, like so many people, I didn’t know how to be one–other than just do it. I didn’t know what form it would take.”

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