According to Variety, Universal Pictures has bought screen rights to James Siegel's upcoming novel "Deceit" for Lorenzo Di Bonaventura to produce.

The story involves a cover-up in which the facts of a nefarious deed are given to the one person -- a journalist and notorious liar -- who is least likely to be believed.Subject is certainly topical, given the recent discrediting of authors James Frey and J.T. Leroy.