Goldsman to adapt ‘Geisha’

Pic in development with Spielberg

One could say Akiva Goldsman is adapting quite well to his surroundings. The scribe-producer is about to ink a deal to adapt the bestseller, “Memoirs of a Geisha,” for Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher’s Sony-based Red Wagon Prods.

The Arthur S. Golden tome, which is being developed as a pic by Steven Spielberg, was being adapted by the prolific Sony-based Ronald Bass (“Snow Falling on Cedars,” “Entrapment”). But insiders familiar with the project say that while the screenplay was given significant structure by Bass, the project is somewhat far off from completion.

Goldsman inked a deal last month to adapt Sylvia Nassar’s book “Beautiful Minds” for Universal and Imagine Entertainment, with Robert Redford at the helm. In “Minds,” Nassar retells the life story of the mathematician John Forbes. Having survived bouts of schizophrenia, he would later receive the Nobel Prize in mathematics.

Goldsman, whose Weed Road Prods. is based at Warner Bros., is also adapting the 1992 Tom Clancy novel “The Sum of All Fears” for Paramount. He penned the screenplay to New Line’s 1998 refashioning of the classic 1965 small screen series, “Lost in Space.”

Goldsman is repped by CAA.

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