Adaptations: LA Rex, Wartime, Dionaea

By Garth Franklin Wednesday May 11th 2005 04:12PM

"Producer Scott Rudin has bought film rights to "L.A. Rex," a crime novel by LAPD antigang investigator Will Beall. Deal comes a few weeks after Beall sold Riverhead Books a pair of novels set in South Los Angeles -- "L.A. Rex" and "The Lion Hunter." Both books portray the police and criminal cultures of the volatile district..." (full details)

"Warner Independent Pictures has inked a pact with John Wells Production to turn the Louis Begley WWII novel "Wartime Lies" into a feature film. Screenwriter William Monahan ("Kingdom of Heaven", "The Departed") has been hired to adapt the book, which had at one time been in development with helmer Stanley Kubrick as a project called "Aryan Papers." Story of "Wartime Lies" follows a young Jewish boy and his aunt who witness but escape the slaughter in the Warsaw Ghetto by posing as Catholic Poles. Begley is best known for having penned the novel "About Schmidt"..." (full details)

"Warner Bros. Pictures has pre-emptively picked up the spec script "The Dionaea House" by Eric Heisserer for David Heyman to produce via his Heyday Films banner. The story follows a married man who has grown apart from his old friends. When one of them commits a double-murder suicide, the men feel compelled to investigate, eventually stumbling upon an evil force that perpetuates itself through tract housing. Heisserer created a Web site last fall,, to build the mythology of the project. The site, which ended up getting millions of hits, was filled with fictional correspondence between the man and a friend who has since disappeared...." (full details)

Thanks to 'KC'