Lakeshore Entertainment has picked up rights to Timbuktu, Paul Auster's novel that Diane English will script and direct.

According to Variety, the story revolves around a brilliant but troubled homeless man from Brooklyn who -- with his loyal canine sidekick Mr. Bones -- sets out in search of his beloved mentor and high school English teacher.

"Timbuktu" was published in 1999.

No production date has been set.