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Rushdie’s ‘Feet’ stepping to bigscreen

Gemini's first firm to film author's book

PARIS — France’s Gemini Films has bought the film rights to Salman Rushdie’s novel “The Ground Beneath Her Feet,” marking the first attempt to bring one of the author’s books to the bigscreen.

While the project is still in the development stage, Raoul Ruiz has been named helmer and a provisional budget of $15 million has been set, a spokesman for Gemini said Monday.

While displaying Rushdie’s trademark magical realism, book is less controversial than the novelist’s “The Satanic Verses,” whose content so offended some in the Muslim world that Rushdie has spent years hiding from a death sentence originally issued by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini.

“The Ground Beneath Her Feet,” set in the 1960s through ’80s, has been described as a rock ‘n’ roll version of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Shooting will begin next spring in England, Mexico, the U.S. and possibly Ireland.

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