May 2, 2007 |
Dark adult dramas are highly risky bets, but four major studios are clamoring to pay a premium for Peter Jackson's next movie, "The Lovely Bones." Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures and DreamWorks SKG have each put a bid on the table to finance Jackson's costly screen adaptation of Alice Sebold's 2004 best-seller about the aftermath of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl who narrates the story from heaven.
October 20, 2002 |
Janet Fitch is trying to slink back into the Writer's Life -- working unnoticed on her novel in a downtown Los Angeles studio, grabbing meals out of a can -- the life she had before her bestselling book, "White Oleander," was turned into a feature film. The movie, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and directed by Peter Kosminsky, is one of several upcoming big-screen adaptations of literary fiction that have the potential to introduce vast audiences to writers who are known in relatively small circles.