Adaptations: OPRAH: A BIOGRAPHY, CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN, and READING IN THE DARK

     July 12, 2010

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News of three rather disparate book adaptations sprung up today.  First up, Kitty Kelley’s controversial and very unauthorized biography, Oprah: A BiographyDeadline reports that producer Larry A. Thompson (Amish Grace) has acquired the rights to the bio, with plans to adapt it a television movie or miniseries.  The intended premiere date is September 2011, to coincide with Winfrey folding her syndicated talk show after twenty-five years.  Thompson is still seeking writer a for the project, which will be made without Winfrey’s participation.

Hit the jump for details on the adaptations of Seamus Deame’s Reading in the Dark and John Perkins’ Confessions of an Economic Hitman.

confessions_of_an_economic_hitman_john_perkins_book_coverAccording to Variety, Cinema Libre is developing a feature based on the 2004 memoir Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, which details “Perkins’ work on behalf of the U.S. government and corporations to persuade underdeveloped countries to accept massive development loans that could not be repaid.”  Producer Phillipe Diaz remarked,

“John’s book reads like a thriller but it is the first book to explain how the multi-national corporations played a shell-game to indebt third-world countries.”

Cinema Libre is hoping to get Hit Man in front of cameras by mid-2011.

Lastly, Variety reports that Tom Collins (Kings) has signed on to produce and direct direct a feature based on the thriller Reading in the Dark.  Ronan Bennett (Public Enemies) has scripted the adaptation, a “coming-of-age story of a young, working-class boy growing up in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1947… [as he] begins to unravel the mystery surrounding his family’s past and discovers a slew of secrets, lies and betrayals.”  The $12.5 million project is a joint production between Future Films U.K., EMG Media Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen, and the Media Program.

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