Novel focuses on classics prof's duplicity

Lakeshore Entertainment has acquired Philip Roth’s newest novel, “The Human Stain,” for producer Scott Steindorff of Village Stone Prods.

Incorporating themes of troubled identity, personal delusion and generational conflict, “The Human Stain” focuses on a classics professor who has spent his whole life pretending to be someone he is not.

“Philip Roth doesn’t write fiction, he writes great literature,” said Steindorff. “I made a commitment to Philip Roth to make the best movie from this novel. To be in business with Tom (Rosenberg) and Gary (Lucchesi), who both share my commitment, vision and passion for this material, is tremendously exciting,” he said.

“There is greatness here,” said Lakeshore chairman/CEO Rosenberg. “The film will remain true to Philip Roth’s fearless intellect and unflinching courage.”

“The Human Stain” is the third book in a trilogy that includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning Vietnam-era novel “American Pastoral” and the McCarthy-era novel “I Married a Communist.”

Lakeshore’s upcoming films include Sam Raimi’s “The Gift,” starring Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Hilary Swank and Keanu Reeves; and Joan Chen’s “Autumn in New York,” starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder.

Roth is represented by Andrew Wylie, Jeffrey Posternak and Michael Siegel.

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