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Another novel enters the adaptation phase but this time it is not a fantasy; rare these days.
Universal Pictures Adapts Deceit
According to Variety, Universal Pictures has tapped Michael Brandt and Derek Haas to adapt James Siegel's novel Deceit.
Deceit centers on a newspaper reporter busted for fabricating stories. Afterward, while working for a small-town paper, he stumbles onto a dark conspiracy stemming from government radiation testing in the 1950s. But given his history, he can't get anyone to believe him.
Deceit is Siegel's fourth thriller. Previous titles include Derailed, which was released by Miramax in November, and Detour, which is in development at Paramount.
Scribes Michael Brandt and Derek Haas have a long history with Universal thanks to 2 Fast 2 Furious and the comicbook adaptation Wanted. The latter film is now a top priority for Universal and the studio is hoping to get production underway next year.
Brandt and Haas also wrote the first draft of the remake 3:10 to Yuma, which James Mangold is helming for Columbia, and Brandt is planning to make his helming debut on indie The Capitalist, which Haas is producing. The duo adapted the remake from the French-language Un Honnette commercant.