‘Italy’ tops deal

Niederhofer buys pic rights to Isenberg article, others

NEW YORK — Gotham-based producer Galt Niederhofer (“Prozac Nation”) has snatched up the film rights to Chris Isenberg’s Detour article “See You in Italy,” which she will adapt for the screen with Isenberg.

In addition, Niederhofer has taken film rights to a short story by “The Ice Storm” writer Rick Moody titled “James Dean Garage Band.”

She also has nabbed film rights to David Foster Wallace’s short story “Little Expressionless.”

With Bob Ward, Niederhofer is adapting the Moody story into a full-length script while she is making a feature out of the Wallace story in collaboration with Michael Chur.

“See You in Italy” centers on Isenberg’s bodacious Stanford U. classmate who the author discovers has resurfaced as the assistant to the host of a hot Italian TV talkshow.

“James Dean” is described as a magical/realist coming-of-age story, while “Little Expressionless” is a satire about the media, set in the world of a gameshow.

Niederhofer optioned, produced and co-adapted, with Alex Orlovsky and Frank Gary, “Prozac Nation” from the Elizabeth Wurtzel book. Produced by Brad Weston and Paul Miller, the pic stars Christina Ricci, Jessica Lange and Jason Biggs, and is in post-production.

Via her Given Films shingle, which she runs with partner Daniela Soto-Taplin, Niederhofer is working on a “Grease”-like musical set in a contemporary milieu.

Niederhofer last produced “Get Well Soon,” due in theaters in the fall via Lions Gate, which stars Vincent Gallo and Courteney Cox, and is directed by Justin McCarthy.

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