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Hyperion to pound pulp into pix

Monette memoir, '60s novels optioned

HOLLYWOOD — Indie production shingle Hyperion Studios has optioned a memoir by Paul Monette and a series of 1960s pulp “sleaze” novels, projects that will be produced by Russell Marleau and Christian Mills under their three-year first-look deal with the studios.

British screenwriter Patrick Wilde will adapt “Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story,” Monette’s book about growing up and coming out during the turbulent 1960s.

Duo is also developing a series of pulp novels into modest-budget genre movies to be made under the “Down & Dirty” imprimatur. First two projects are “Memory of Passion” and “Three Way Split,” based on books by Gil Brewer.

“Passion” is being adapted by Simon Staho and Peter Asmussen, “Split” by newcomer Andrew LaCrosse.

Marleau and Mills are also producing a TV series based on Esme Raji Codell’s autobio, “Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year,” which Mark Perry will exec produce with Robert Greenblatt and David Janollari.

Marleau wrote and produced the series “Life With Louie”; he was also exec producer, head writer and director of “Animal Rescue Kids” for Discovery Channel.

Mills is also an actor who has guest starred on such shows as “Touched by an Angel,” “Profiler” and “Time of Your Life” as well as the feature “Playing by Heart.”

Hyperion, which specializes in youth-oriented film and TV projects, was founded in 1984 by Tom Wilhite, former head of movie and TV production for the Walt Disney Studios and Willard Carroll, a former Disney creative affairs exec.

Company received an Emmy nom for its Showtime movie “My Louisiana Sky,” and it is producing “Mister & Me” for Showtime, with Donna Brown Guillaume as producer. Company also has the rights to Robert Cormieri’s thriller “Fade” and Ed McBain’s novel “Downtown,” which Carroll has adapted and will direct.

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