Scott Rudin Goes Onto the Subway and Points at Books People Are Reading and Those Books Magically Become 3-Star Movies

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09/08/2010 11:32 AM |

Alternately, anything that shows up in an ad for an e-reader is probably a safe bet.
  • Alternately, anything that shows up in an ad for an e-reader is probably a safe bet.

Vulture’s Lane Brown had a pretty good idea for a post this morning (or, probably, yesterday): noting that producer Scott Rudin had purchased the movie rights to Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, Brown assembles a list of other literary adaptations Rudin currently has in various stages of development. Rudin, producer of generally pretty ok movies whose pedigree attracts lots of people who look good on the rug outside the Golden Globes, has previously produced adaptations of zeitgeisty books by John Grisham, Richard Russo, Jonathan Harr, Frank McCourt, Michael Chabon, Michael Cunningham, Richard Price, Zoe Heller, Cormac McCarthy, Philippa Gregory, Michael Lewis and others.

As you’ll note from the list (Junot Díaz! Michael Chabon again! Stieg Larsson! Khaled Hosseini!), Scott Rudin basically picks his projects by getting onto the train in the morning and if he sees more than two people reading the same book he buys the rights. It’s a pretty good business plan.