Miramax Films and producer Scott Rudin are teaming for The Believers, acquiring the screen rights for the Zoe Heller novel released this week by Harper.

According to Variety, Patrick Marber is set to write the script, a task he handled on Notes on a Scandal, the Rudin-produced 2006 Fox Searchlight film that was also based on a Heller novel.

The Believers is the character study of members of a dysfunctional New York-based family forced to examine their lives and each other after the patriarch suffers a stroke that leaves him in a coma.

No production date has been set.