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This story reminds me of something funny I saw Sam Mendes say on TV once, but we’ll have to build up to that, I’m afraid.

It seems that Sam Mendes has recruited screenwriter, and sometime director, Christopher Hampton to adapt Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland into a script for him. The rights to the novel are held by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo films and they have spent much of this year pursuing Mendes for the director’s chair and then helping him set the project up. Hampton’s engagement is brand new, with him agreeing to take the job within just the last few days.

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