Love in the Time of Cholera: According to Variety, New Line has acquired the screen rights to the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel "Love in the Time of Cholera," and set Oscar-winning The Pianist scribe Ron Harwood to adapt it.
The studio bought the rights from producer Scott Steindorff, who earlier this year paid Marquez $1 million against $3 million. Before that, the author had refused to sell film rights since the book became a publishing sensation in 1985.
The Nobel Prize-winning author shunned what Steindorff estimated to be 50 film offers over the years. But Steindorff, who just produced "Empire Falls" at HBO and has Tom Hanks and Lawrence Kasdan poised to do "The Risk Pool," has struck gold buying books for movies. He said his love for "Cholera" made him determined to wear down the author's resistance. It took two years of calling.
"The heart of the book is a character who pursues a woman for 50 years, so a two-year pursuit seemed reasonable," Steindorff said.
Steindorff liked Harwood's "Pianist" script and sparked to his adaptation of "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," a Universal project with Johnny Depp and Julian Schnabel attached.