Canuck adaptations will take a Triptych

Novels to films include Gowdy, Shields, Cohen

MONTREAL — Canadian film producer Triptych Media is set to adapt a number of well-known Canuck novels for the bigscreen, including “Falling Angels” by Barbara Gowdy (“Kissed”), Carol Shields’ “The Republic of Love” and Matt Cohen’s “Emotional Arithmetic.”

Toronto-based Triptych, whose credits include Genie Award-winning pics “Lilies” and “The Hanging Garden,” began lensing this week in rural New Brunswick on “The Bay of Love and Sorrows,” based on the critically acclaimed novel by David Adams Richards. Pic is co-produced by Second Wave of Halifax and will be distributed in Canada by Odeon Films, an Alliance Atlantis company.

Canucks go high profile

“Falling Angels,” to shoot next spring, will be directed by Scott Smith (“Rollercoaster”); “The Republic of Love” will be written and directed by Deepa Mehta (“Fire”); and “Emotional Arithmetic” is being adapted by Montreal screenwriter Jefferson Lewis. Triptych partner Anna Stratton, who is producing “The Bay of Love and Sorrows,” said there is a boom in Canadian literary adaptations largely because Canadian novels are gaining increasing international recognition.

Other Canadian novels on the way to the bigscreen include producer Robert Lantos’ adaptations of Mordecai Richler’s bestseller “Barney’s Version” and Brian Moore’s “The Statement,” and Rhombus Media’s take on Shields’ “The Stone Diaries.”

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