Author Dennis Lehane may not be a household name along the lines of John Grisham or Stephen King, but Hollywood’s found plenty to love in his novels as well. Adaptations of his books are three for thre when it comes to critical and commercial success — Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River, Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone, and Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island were all based on his tales — so there’s reason to get excited when news breaks of another of Lehane’s works making it to the big screen.

The next of these could be Animal Rescue, which has just tapped Limitless helmer Neil Burger to direct. The crime drama adapts short story of Lehane’s that was published in the (Lehane-edited) anthology Boston Noir. More details after the jump.

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Bestselling author Dennis Lehane Becomes a Screenwriter


Dennis Lehane is an author known for his Boston-based mystery novels, three of which have already been adapted to the big screen. Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River was award-nominated but underrated, Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone was one of the best movies of 2008, and Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island hits theaters next week (I saw it at Butnumathon and very much enjoyed it, but not as much as the other two film adaptations). Fox 2000 has acquired the rights to one of Lehane’s short films, and have hired the mystery novelist to pen the screenplay adaptation. The story, which is titled Animal Rescue, is not the Marly and Me-like popcorn tale you might be expecting from the title.

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