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Moore, who helmed "Flight of the Phoenix", "Behind Enemy Lines" and last year's remake of "The Omen", is expected to direct the adaptation. The 2006 book for adults, set during World War II, follows a 12-year-old boy whose mother dies, father remarries and new stepmother becomes pregnant. He escapes his problems through books that transport him into a world of monsters he fights as he tries to escape.
Other Connolly books set for the screen include his thriller novel "Bad Men", in development with screenwriter Stephen Susco ("The Grudge") at Sobini Films, and his short story "The New Daughter", optioned by Gold Circle Films with a screenplay by John Travis ("She Lived").
Connolly is repped by APA. Point Road Prods. was repped in the deal by Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown. »
Julia Stiles has signed with ICM. Stiles next appears in the summer's The Bourne Ultimatum, the third installment of the Bourne franchise. Her upcoming projects include Gospel Hill, a drama co-starring Danny Glover, and she's also set to star in and co-produce The Bell Jar, an adaptation of the semi-autobiographical novel by Sylvia Plath.
Stiles also wrote, directed and starred in the short film Raving, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Her acting credits include The Omen, Save the Last Dance, The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy. Stiles also is repped by manager Raelle Koota of Anonymous Content and attorney David Weber.
Actress Mia Farrow has condemned director Steven Spielberg for aiding China's staging of the 2008 Olympic Games, warning he could become known as "the Leni Riefenstahl of the Beijing Games." Farrow, a United Nations UNICEF goodwill ambassador, launched an impassioned appeal on behalf of African victims in the over-spilling Sudan crisis earlier this month. And The Omen star, 62, is astonished so many big names and corporations like Coca-Cola and McDonald's are also readily lending their support to what they have dubbed 'The Genocide Olympics', because China openly supports the government of Sudan. She writes in a Wall Street Journal article, "That so many corporate sponsors want the world to look away from that atrocity during the games is bad enough. But equally disappointing is the decision of artists like director Steven Spielberg - who quietly visited China this month as he prepares to help stage the Olympic ceremonies - to sanitize Beijing's image. Is Mr. Spielberg, who in 1994 founded the Shoah Foundation to record the testimony of survivors of the Holocaust, aware that China is bankrolling Darfur's genocide?" Farrow went on to warn the Schindler's List director that he risked becoming a modern version of Nazi propaganda filmmaker Riefenstahl, who is famed for her 1936 Berlin games film Olympia. She writes, "Does Mr. Spielberg really want to go down in history as the Leni Riefenstahl of the Beijing Games? Do the various television sponsors around the world want to share in that shame? Because they will. Unless, of course, all of them add their singularly well-positioned voices to the growing calls for Chinese action to end the slaughter in Darfur." According to official United Nations figures, more than 200,000 people have died and more than two million have been displaced since the rebels and government forces first clashed in Dafur in 2003. »
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PARK CITY, Utah - Fox Searchlight confirmed late Sunday night that they have purchased virtually all worldwide rights minus Canada to Joshua, a psychological thriller from co-writer and director David Ratliff, the documentary filmmaker behind Hell House.
The film, which debuted Saturday night at the Racquet Club Theatre, tells the tale of a disturbed and disturbing child who slowly turns the life of his family upside down. Starring Sam Rockwell, Vera Farmiga and young newcomer Jacob Kogan, Joshua received interest from multiple parties but it was Searchlight who came through in the end.
"George Ratliff and David Gilbert have created an unbelievably tense and frightful tale," said Searchlight president Rice, who plans a summer release.
The studio purchased the film, reminiscent of The Omen and The Bad Seed combined with the urban dread of Rosemary's Baby, for $3.7 million. Tony Safford, senior vp of acquisitions & production at Twentieth Century Fox and executive vp, business affairs Stephen Plum negotiated on behalf of Searchlight while UTA and attorney Andrew Hurwitz represented the filmmakers. »
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