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Timbuktu Goes To Hollywood
Paul Auster's shaggy dog story picked up

11 September 2009  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Variety

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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.

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Any Paul Auster adaptation would be a welcome one- because he's such a challenge for filmmakers. Like Brett Easton Ellis and Tom Perrotta, his work makes tantalizing viewing. I loved The Music Of Chance and Smoke- from long ago- and it's about time for another Paul Auster film (better not to mention Lulu On The Bridge- and the still unreleased The Inner Life Of Martin Frost- his own adaptations :-) More

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