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Miramax likes Fitzgerald novel ‘Paradise’

Scripter, thesp Buono to pen adaptation

“This Side of Paradise,” the novel that put F. Scott Fitzgerald on the map in 1920, has been optioned by Miramax.

Cara Buono, a screenwriter (Miramax’s “When the Cats Away”) and thesp whose acting credits include “Next Stop Wonderland,” NBC’s “Law & Order” and forthcoming indie pic “Pop Life,” is attached to write the script.

Fitzgerald’s story of gilded youth in New York and Princeton in the wake of WWI has never been successfully adapted as a feature film. But Miramax production co-prexy Meryl Poster, who called Buono “a talented member of the Miramax family,” said “her insightful ideas for bringing it to the screen won us over.”

Buono brought the project to Miramax co-head Harvey Weinstein and development veep Jennifer Berman, who will oversee the project.

The studio was repped by business affairs and international operations veep Stuart Ford, Buono by Handprint Entertainment and Ira Schreck, an attorney at Schreck, Rose and Dapello.

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