Dennis Lehane to pen Animal Rescue for the big screen all by himself

Dennis Lehane has been around Hollywood for a while, even if you didn’t realize it. He’s the author of books behind many well received films, including Eastwood’s Mystic River, Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone, and the upcoming Scorsese thriller Shutter Island. However, each time a different scribe took over screenwriting duties. Now it looks like Lehane is finally going to adapt his own work.

According to Variety, Lehane has been hired by Fox 2000 to adapt his short story, Animal Rescue, for the screen. The story, from a Lehane edited anthology Boston Noir, centers around a pitbull found in the trash and a killing that results because of it.

Lehane has been asked to adapt his books for film before now, but has turned down all offers, his only foray into screenwriting the scripting of several episodes of the HBO series The Wire.

Shutter Island will be released February 19th, and then it will be a race to see which is the next Lehane novel to make it to the screen, Animal Rescue or The Given Day which Sam Raimi will be adapting for Colombia.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 13:52 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink
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