Timbuktu Goes To Hollywood

Paul Auster's shaggy dog story picked up

Paul Auster's Timbuktu has been picked up by Lakeshore Entertainment. The novel is told through the eyes of Mr Bones, a dog struggling to come to terms with the imminent death of his master, a homeless poet called Willy G. Christmas, with whom he embarks on a final journey.

Despite being one of America's most prolific writers, Auster's books have largely been ignored by Hollywood, possibly because they rarely offer readily-adaptable, linear narratives While not one of his very best (check out New York Trilogy, a triptych of interlocking detective stories with a Hammett-esque flavour), Timbuktu is at once whimsical and pretty profound, and could make an interesting exception.

Lakeshore, the production company most recently behind The Ugly Truth (boo!) and Crank: High Voltage (f#king yay!), have the task of reshaping the quirky tale into something cinema-worthy. Having brought Chev Chelios back from the dead, it would seem nothing's beyond them. They've hired Emmy-winner Diane English (*The Women) to adapt and direct the story.