D’Works gets ‘Girls’

DreamWorks has optioned Frederick Busch’s latest novel, “Girls,” for writer-director-producer Gary David Goldberg to adapt, produce and possibly helm for the nascent studio.

“Girls” is Busch’s 18th work of fiction, and details the story of a college campus cop who investigates the disappearance of a 14-year old girl, the daughter of the town minister and his dying wife. During the course of his investigation, he must grapple with his attraction to a professor, the disintegration of his marriage and the impossibility of outrunning the tragedy of his own baby daughter’s death.

“Girls” was published in March by Harmony Books.

Details of the deal were not disclosed, although several filmmakers and at least one network were said to be interested in the tale. Goldberg brought the novel to DreamWorks, the studio for which he created the current TV sitcom “Spin City.”

Goldberg made a name for himself as the creator-writer-producer-director for such family-oriented TV series as “Family Ties” and “Brooklyn Bridge,” and made his feature debut as producer-director-screenwriter on the Jack Lemmon and Ted Danson-starrer “Dad” in 1989.

The hyphenate’s UBU Prods. has a four-year production deal with DreamWorks to develop both feature films and TV shows for the studio.

On the feature front, Goldberg also has “Foul! The Connie Hawkins Story” in development at the studio. He will produce, with Steve James attached to helm the pic based on the life of former NBA star.

Ron Bernstein of the Gersh Agency brokered the “Girls” deal on behalf of Busch’s Gotham lit agent, Elaine Markson. Goldberg is repped by UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer.

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