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Salma Hayek Options Memoir by National Book Award Finalist

Actress and producer Salma Hayek has optioned The Boy Kings of Texas, a memoir by Domingo Martinez.

The book was a finalist for the National Book Award for nonfiction this year. Hayek acquired the rights for her production company, Ventanarosa. The deal was negotiated by Bruce Vinokur of CAA and Alice Martell of The Martell Agency. Here’s more about the book, from the release:

Plucked from obscurity from a pile of unsolicited manuscripts, THE BOY KINGS OF TEXAS [is] first-time author Martinez’s coming-of-age story about the traumas and pleasures of growing up in Brownsville, Texas, in the 1980s … In telling his story, Martinez provides a real glimpse into a society where children are traded like commerce, physical altercations routinely solve problems, drugs are rampant, sex is often crude, and people depend on the family witch doctor for advice.

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‘The Pirates! Band Of Misfits’ Trailer Released

Sony Pictures Animation has released a trailer for The Pirates! Band Of Misfits. We’ve embedded the video for the adaptation of Gideon Defoe‘s books above–what do you think?

Here’s more from Deadline: “Directed by Peter Lord and co-directed by Jeff Newitt, the stop-motion 3D adventure is based on books by Gideon Defoe, who also scripted. With the voices of Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven, Imelda Staunton and David Tennant, it opens March 30.”

According to Defoe’s website, the movie had a budget of $60 million. Defoe, a British author, has published four books in The Pirates! series. Book five, The Pirates! In an Adventure with the Romantics, will be released by Bloomsbury in June 2012.

Don Winslow to Write a Prequel for ‘Savages’

Author Don Winslow has a new project; a prequel to his 2010 novel Savages. Above, we’ve embedded the book trailer for the original book.

According to Deadline, screenwriter Shane Salerno conceived of the idea; Salerno adapted Savages into a screenplay for its forthcoming film adaptation. Simon & Schuster has set a publication date for the prequel to coincide with the film’s release in 2012.

Here’s more from the L.A. Times: “The film begins shooting next month with the Oscar-winning director [Oliver Stone] at the helm. With Stone comes a star-heavy cast, including John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Emile Hirsch, Salma Hayek, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson and Benicio Del Toro.”

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet To Be Adapted

A team of directors will adapt The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.

Jose Tamez will serve as executive producer for the animated film adaptation. Tamez comes from the production company owned by actress Salma Hayek, Ventanarosa Productions.

Here’s more from Deadline: “The intention is for different directors to helm each chapter, with an interconnecting theme and a musical through-line. Filmmakers expected to participate so far include Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville), John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda), Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), Chris Landreth (Oscar-winning short Ryan), Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Bill Plympton (Guard Dog and Your Face) and Kunio Kato (Oscar winning short Tsumiki no ie).”

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Salma Hayek to Produce Wicked Miniseries

Salma Hayek and Jose Tamez will produce a TV miniseries adaptation of Gregory Maguire‘s Wicked. Erik Jendresen will write the script.

TV Line has more details: “Sources confirm that the actress-producer [Hayek] is teaming with ABC to develop an eight-hour miniseries adaptation of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the Gregory Maguire bestseller that spawned the Broadway phenom.”

According to the article, the miniseries will be based on the novel and not the musical. Universal has a film version of the musical currently in the works. (via Shelf Awareness)