Lawyerland: According to Variety, Filmmaker John Walter ("How to Draw a Bunny") is teaming with John Malkovich's production company Mr. Mudd on an adaptation of Lawrence Joseph's novel "Lawyerland," which Walter will write and direct.

Published in 1997, the novel --often mistaken for nonfiction -- chronicles Manhattan lawyers and lawyer-speak in the late 1990s. Lawrence, a law professor and published poet, reenacts conversations he's had with attorneys, revealing the gritty, greedy cynicism of the profession. Book is divided into eight chapters, each devoted to a specific legal specialty and practitioner.

Film version will be an American Splendor of sorts, mixing fact and fiction to humorous effect.

Brian B.