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Owen owns tale of war correspondent

Thesp-producer options journo's Sarajevo tome

Owen Wilson has dug into his own pocket to option journalist John Falk’s book “Hello to All That: A Memoir of War, Zoloft, and Peace,” published by Henry Holt.

The first book Wilson has bought, he plans to star in and produce the adaptation. He doesn’t have a company or a deal, but will try to set it up at a studio. It isn’t clear yet whether he’ll write it or hire a scribe.

Falk tells how he rallied from a near-suicidal state of depression by plunging himself into Sarajevo at the height of the civil war in 1993. He went armed with primitive recording equipment, clothes and a tube sock stuffed with the antidepression drug Zoloft. He knew nothing about reporting and had no outlet for his dispatches. One family took pity on him and gave him his first big scoop, an interview with a Bosnian sharpshooter. Falk, in turn, helped the family by securing scholarships to U.S. colleges for their teenage kids.Falk, who has since written war dispatches for Vanity Fair and others, had several screenwriters interested in his book. But Wilson was the most enthusiastic.

Last seen in “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou,” Wilson next stars in the New Line comedy “Wedding Crashers.”

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