Dennis Lehane’s Next Novel ‘Since We Fell’ Lands at DreamWorks

DreamWorks has nabbed another hot literary title from one of the industry’s favorite authors.

The studio has acquired the future rights to Dennis Lehane’s next novel “Since We Fell,” sources tell Variety, after a heated bidding war this past summer that saw several studios vying for the rights to a proposal.

Ecco Press, which is a division of Harper Collins, is publishing the book, due out next fall as Lehane is still writing. Lehane will adapt the screenplay for the studio after he is finished with the novel.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but one insider describes it s a Hitchcockian thriller set in Boston. Sources say the new book by Lehane, best known for his New England-based crime dramas like “Mystic River,” “Gone Baby Gone” and “Shutter Island,” will be unlike anything he has written to date.

Lehane’s books have long garnered critical acclaim and commercial success, and the author has recently taken to adapting his own novels, the first being Fox Searchlight’s crime drama “The Drop,” starring Tom Hardy. Lehane has since begun writing scripts not based on his own work, such as the upcoming Travis McGee pic “The Deep Blue Good-By” and the remake of “The Prophet” for Neal Moritz.

Lehane’s next novel to be adapted into a feature is “Live By Night,” which Ben Affleck has made his next directing gig following his Oscar-winning pic “Argo.” Lehane will produce along with Leo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Affleck’s Pearl Street Pictures. He is also developing a TV show based on his best-selling novel “Shutter Island” for HBO and Paramount Television, which is being described as an origin story for his original novel which was adapted into a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The film deal was brokered by Amy Schiffman at Intellectual Property Group and Jason Hendler at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller. Lehane is also represented by Ann Rittenberg at the Ann Rittenberg Agency for publishing as well as CAA for TV/screenwriting.

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Females Leads to LIVE BY NIGHT

Deadline reports that Ben Affleck has selected Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Elle Fanning to play the female leads in LIVE BY NIGHT.

 

“Miller will play Emma, a girl Coughlin falls in love with at the beginning of the story. She also happens to be the girlfriend of his mobster boss. Saldana plays Graciella Suarez, a woman he meets later as he becomes involved in organized crime in Tampa. Fanning plays Loretta Figgis, a sheriff’s daughter and aspiring actress who gets into trouble.”

HBO, Paramount Plot ‘Shutter Island’ Series ‘Ashecliffe’ With Martin Scorsese And Dennis Lehane

(Reposted from Deadline)

As the TV biz prepares to celebrate another ground breaking year tonight, underwritten in no small effort by feature talent, the remarkable thing to consider is how much more of this is coming. Here’s one that has great potential: HBO and Paramount Television are making deals to turn the 2010 hit film Shutter Island into a TV series. Tentatively titled Ashecliffe, the plan is for the pilot to be directed by Martin Scorsese from a script by Dennis Lehane, who wrote the bestselling thriller novel that Scorsese and screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis turned into the hit film that Leonardo DiCaprio starred in.

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FaceOff Short Story Anthology Now Available

Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and including stories by Dennis, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Patrick Kenzie faces off against. Harry Bosch in “Red Eye,” by Dennis and Michael.

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Boston Public Library wasn’t the target…

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon last year, my first glimpse of the incident, via a shaky TV camera, was of the corner of the Boston Public Library. My first thought — wholly unformed — was: Whoever did this hates knowledge. In that moment, I had no idea that the intended victims were Marathon runners and spectators; I thought the target was the library. Time has proven me incorrect about the library but not, I feel, about the knowledge. All fanatics hate knowledge. And when I say knowledge, I’m speaking of the unfettered, unrestricted kind. The kind that isn’t easily contained or easily defined. The kind that doesn’t fit in a jar.

Read the rest of Dennis’s Boston Globe op-ed here.