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Bogdanovich Adapts To The "Turn Of The Century"

9 February 2010 6:58 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to reports, Peter Bogdanovich will direct and co-script with writing partner Parish Rahbar, an adaptation of author Kurt Andersen's 'scathingly funny' 1999 novel "Turn of the Century."

The Das Films feature will shoot in New York City.

Set in February 2000, "Turn Of The Century" follows 'George Mactier', who has parlayed a Newsweek magazine writing job into a PBS documentary, leading to a $16,575-a-week job as a producer at the sinister 'Mbc Network'.

Mactier's series, titled "Narcs" is a mix of fact and fiction in which actors get to participate in real drug busts, getting all the best lines because they are working from scripts. In one sequence, an arrested dealer, also turns out to be an Actors Equity member (thanks to a gig in the musical "Rent"), so he gets union scale for his 'appearance' in the series and a recurring role.

Meanwhile Mactier's wife 'Lizzie Zimbalist', a brilliant »

- Michael Stevens

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Peter Bogdanovich boards 'Century' film

8 February 2010 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Peter Bogdanovich will write and direct an adaptation of Kurt Andersen's 1999 novel "Turn of the Century" for Das Films. Bogdanovich's writing partner Parish Rahbar will co-write the screenplay.

The novel, which opens in early new-millennium 2000, follows the MacTiers, a Manhattan power couple with three kids who are managing their troubled marriage in a world where BarbieWorld has opened in Vegas and Charles Manson's parole hearing is live on TV.

Das Films' Sriram Das will produce along with Melanie Shanley. Filming is scheduled for next spring in New York.

"Peter is one of the great minds of cinema," Das said. "His vision for this film and passion for the novel will bring an incredibly funny and powerful story to audiences around the world."

Repped by Media Talent Group, Bogdanovich most recently directed the documentary "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream." He also directed "Mask," "The Last Picture Show »

- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

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