White attached to helm, direct

Ben Queen has inked a deal to adapt film producer Laurie Gwen Shapiro’s first novel, “The Unexpected Salami,” for Radical Media. Pic has the working title “American Woman.”

Shapiro, who co-directed the 2000 docu “Keep the River on Your Right,” about anthropologist Tobias Schneebaum, published her comic novel in 1998 under the Algonquin imprint.

“Salami” is the story of an American and the emotionally troubled, addicted Oz rocker with whom she’s become involved. After she’s sent back to the States, ostensibly to save her life after she becomes a material witness to a murder, complications arise when she discovers it’s all a PR ploy meant to revive the band’s waning fame.

“It’s sort of ‘High Fidelity’ in Sydney and New York,” Queen said.

Alan White (“Erskineville Kings,” “Risk”) is attached to direct and produce “American Woman.”

Radical Media exec produced last year’s sci-fi thriller “The Cell” with commercial helmer Tarsem, whom the company also reps for commercial work. Commercials house also reps helmer Tony Bui (“Three Seasons”); his next pic, “Leaving Earth,” will also be produced by Radical.

Radical principals Jon Kamen and Frank Scherma will exec produce “American Woman,” while Jane Long, Jack Leschner and Jill Wakeman will all supervise its development and production.

Queen was repped in the deal by International Creative Management, and he is managed by Benderspink.

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