Barwood, Smith to adapt 'Mendel'

Barbra Streisand and her Barwood Films have joined the Gary Smith Co. and Sonny Murray in acquiring the rights to “Mendel’s Dwarf” and have set Peter Dinklage to topline.

The novel, by Simon Mawer, centers on the life and work of Dr. Ben Lambert, a scientist who struggles to unravel the genetic secrets of achondroplasia (dwarfism) as well as his entangled relationship with a woman.

Sonny Murray is scripting. Streisand will exec produce with Barwood partner Cis Corman and Gary Smith; Murray and Tony Michelman will produce.

What attracted Streisand to the project, she said, is that it “uniquely combined elements of science, fantasy and the brave new world of genetic research. It explores the future of humanity, eugenics, the existence of God as well as the meaning of true love and acceptance.”

Dinklage’s film and TV credits include “The Station Agent,” “Just a Kiss” and “Human Nature.” He also starred in “Richard III” at Gotham’s Public Theater.

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