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Read It Before They Screen It: The Interpretation of Murder, Deadpool, and Too Late to Say Goodbye

Jed Rubenfeld's thriller The Interpretation of Murder is headed to the big screen via Warner Bros.

Story follows a Sigmund Freud protege who discovers a trail of sadistic murders in turn-of-the-century New York.

[...] Deal marks the first studio project for Holmes, who co-wroe, helmed and was exec producer of "House of Saddam," a dissection of the ruthless reign of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The mini aired on HBO in the U.S.

In a starred review, Booklist hailed: "Rubenfeld renders rich, complex characters, vivid period detail, and prose riddled with heady references to Hamlet."

On the other hand, Esquire predicted, "It might make a fine movie someday, but as a book it will leave readers cold." Guess we'll find out.

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Fresh from the hit X-Men Origins: Wolverine, plans are already underway to give Deadpool, "the wise-cracking mercenary played in the film by Ryan Reynolds," his own spin-off.

Deadpool is known as "the merc with a mouth," a character that under Reynolds lived up to his billing in "Wolverine" until the end, when the movie deviated from the comic book persona, imbuing him with several superpowers and sewing his mouth shut.

It is understood that Reynolds would regain the ability to mouth off, with the movie going back to the roots of the character known for his slapstick tone and propensity to break the fourth wall. The character also was disfigured in "Wolverine," though it's unclear at this time how much the studio would want to mess with Reynolds' handsome mug.

Don't start holding your breath just yet — the project is so fresh it doesn't even have any writers attached. Not that this has ever stopped Hollywood from going ahead and shooting the movie anyway...

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Ann Rule's true-crime book Too Late to Say Goodbye is headed to the little screen, in a Lifetime Movie Network original film starring Lauren Holly and Rob Lowe.

Adapted from Ann Rule's best-selling novel [sic], "Goodbye" centers on Jenn and Bobby Corbin (Lowe), who seem to have the perfect marriage until Jenn discovers Bobby's affair with a co-worker and hooks up with a mystery man on the Internet. When she is found dead in an apparent suicide, her sister Heather (Holly) sets out to investigate what she believes was a murder, with Bobby and the online suitor the main suspects.

Just to be clear: the book is not a novel, and it covers a real case.

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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Portland Noir (Akashic Noir)
    Used Trade Paper $7.95
  2. Deadpool Classic, Volume 1 New Trade Paper $29.99
  3. The Interpretation of Murder
    Used Trade Paper $2.50
  4. Too Late to Say Goodbye: A True... Used Mass Market $3.50

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