A Beast Of A Novel

1956's The Lenient Beast gets adapted

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How about this as a hook for a mystery novel: a five-part narrative about a perfect crime told, Rashomon-style, from the perspective of five people? Sound like something you’d write? Bad news: it’s already been done. Frederic Brown wrote The Lenient Beast in 1956.

A French film was made of the novel in 2001, and now WoundedKnee Independent Films has grabbed up English language rights for a US version.

"The component I appreciated the most about this material is the unhurried, sinuous manner in which the plot moves-- it twists and turns without being obvious about its surprises the way so many movies do today," WoundedKnee co-founder and wannabe director Lance Doty told Variety. He’s currently looking for a scriptwriter.

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