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Col makes ‘Bones’ about it

Mamet takes the hold of Greenland's novel

Columbia has bought the film rights to playwright Seth Greenland’s debut novel “The Bones” for director David Mamet and producer John Calley.

Greenland will adapt his darkly comic book, which tells the story of Frank Bones, a talented but self-destructive standup comic who reconnects with an old friend who’s become the hottest comedy writer on television.

Greenland’s play “Jungle Rot” received the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award and the American Theater Critics Assn. Award. His play “Jerusalem” was a finalist for the Critics Award.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Mamet most recently wrote and directed “Spartan,” starring Val Kilmer and William H. Macy for Warner Bros. He’ll next write and direct “Whistle,” an adaptation of James Jones’ novel, and the comedy “Joan of Bark: The Dog That Saved France,” with Will Ferrell for Col.

Former Columbia chairman Calley produced Col’s “Closer” and is producing Ron Howard’s film version of “The Da Vinci Code,” starring Tom Hanks, also for Col.

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