Steve Martin’s novel, “Object of Beauty” is being adapted into film form as a producing and starring vehicle for Amy Adams. Maven Pictures’ Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray will also produce. The story follows an art entrepreneur over a decade and a half as she has a series of romances, gets her own gallery and travels the world. Styler and Rattray call Adams “brilliant” and Martin’s novel “smart.” Maven’s goal — as with Kristin Wiig vehicle “Imogene,” now in post — is to produce films that “highlight strong female characters and talent.” Adams has been busy, shooting Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” and Walter Salles’s “On the Road.”
– Anton Corbijn (“The American”) is close to locking down Philip Seymour Hoffman (Adams’ co-star in “The Master”) for his thriller, “A Most Wanted Man,” based on the 2008 novel by John le Carré (“Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” “The Constant Gardener”), adapted by Andrew Bovell (“Edge of Darkness”). Hoffman is in final negotiations to star as the chief of a covert German spy unit which tries to solve the mystery of a Chechen-Russian man who appears in the city’s Islamic community near-dead; he’s desperate and on the hunt for his dead father’s fortune. The project is a co-production of Potboiler Productions, Ink Factory and Amusement Park Film. Film4 is exec producing.
– The West Memphis Three are proving to be popular film subjects. Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil are joining the likes of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (who have chronicled the WMT’s plight in their “Paradise Lost” trilogy) and Amy Berg (whose doc “West of Memphis” just debuted at Sundance, produced by Peter Jackson) to bring the story to the big screen. Depp and producing partner Christi Dembrowski have optioned rights to Damien Echols’ yet to be released book (due in September) detailing his experience as a wrongly convicted death row inmate for eighteen years. Here’s more.