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Rudolph Delson's debut novel, Maynard and Jennica, has been picked up by Scott Rudin and Miramax films.

Maynard tells a whimsical story about the relationship between a filmmaker-musician and his more introspective girlfriend that is set before, during and after Sept. 11. It's told from the points of view of several dozen narrators, including the people -- and in some cases objects and animals (including a macaw and a subway-train brake) -- familiar with the couple's relationship.

"[B]oldly inventive," proclaims Library Journal. "[L]ike a contemporary spin-off of Vonnegut."

Read Delson's original essay written exclusively for Powells.com.

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Legendary director Werner Herzog will adapt The Piano Tuner from Daniel Mason's Victorian-era novel set in Burma. According to the Hollywood Reporter:

[T]he story centers on Edgar Drake, a man sent to a remote village in the late 1800s to repair an eccentric military man's piano. Drake falls in love with a Burmese woman and her country, but as the officer wins over locals through music and medicine, things grow treacherous when his troops begin to suspect him of treason.

"[A] seductive and lyrical novel that probes the brutalities and compromises of colonization, even as it celebrates the elusive powers of music and the imagination," raves Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times.

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Based on Timothy B. Tyson's first-hand account of the racially motivated murder of a Vietnam veteran in 1970, Blood Done Sign My Name will be adapted for the big screen by Jeb Stuart.

"The events of that year changed his life forever, and Tyson writes about them with the eloquent grace of a novelist," praises Danielle of Powells.com. The title was also one of her staff picks.

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Relativity Media apparently won the bidding war for the rights to Robert Ludlum's thriller The Matarese Circle.

Matarese revolves around two secret agents — an American and a Russian — who must work together to fight a mysterious group of killers known as the Matarese. The twist is that the agents, Bradley Scofield and Vasili Taleniekov, have been nemeses for years, with each responsible for killing someone close to the other.

Denzel Washington has agreed to star as agent Scofield.

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An adaption of Jack London's The Sea-Wolf will be getting the mini-series treatment. Tim Roth and Neve Campbell have agreed to star in the project being shot in Canada, along with German actor Sebastian Koch.

From the Modern Library edition book jacket:

The Sea-Wolf...introduces Jack London's most memorable, fully realized character, Wolf Larsen, the schooner's brutal captain, who ruthlessly crushes anyone standing in his way.

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Tim Seeley's cult horror graphic novel will get translated to the screen by music video director Todd Lincoln.

Hack Slash follows Cassie Hack, the sole survivor of a brutal attack, as she travels the country seeking revenge.

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Tavis adds content and edits images for Powells.com. His favorite books are original screenplays, and his favorite movies are based on books. Go figure.


Books mentioned in this post

  1. Maynard and Jennica
    Used Hardcover $9.95
  2. Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
    Used Trade Paper $3.95
  3. The Sea-Wolf (Modern Library Classics)
    Used Trade Paper $7.00

  4. The Matarese Circle
    Used Mass Market $3.50
  5. The Piano Tuner Used Trade Paper $4.95



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