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Cuaron, WB give thanks for ‘Memory’

Projects falls under 3-year first-look deal

Alfonso Cuaron is developing a film version of Ron McLarty’s 1988 novel “The Memory of Running,” with an eye to directing the pic.

Frida Torresblanco will co-produce the road movie with Cuaron.

Project will fall under Cuaron’s fledgling three-year first-look production deal with Warner Bros., which in 2003 bought the film rights to the story for an estimated $1 million.

McLarty has written the screenplay adaptation.

Tale follows an obese Vietnam vet who, still reeling from the death of his parents, finds out his sister has died in Los Angeles. He sets out on a cross-country trip on his bicycle in a bid to reclaim her body.

Warner Bros. recently acquired Nicolas Krauss’ upcoming novel “The History of Love” as a directing vehicle for Cuaron. Through his unnamed, WB-based shingle, Cuaron plans to develop mainstream and smaller Spanish-lingo pics in his native Mexico.

Anhelo, the production company he founded with Guadalajara-based businessman Jorge Vergara, operates outside the WB deal.

McLarty inked a $2 million, two-book deal for “The Memory of Running” and “Art in America” after horror master Stephen King hailed “Running” as “the best book you can’t read.” At the time it was available only in an audio version the author had funded himself.

A veteran character actor, McLarty has appeared in TV skeins including “Law and Order,” “Sex and the City” and “Spenser for Hire.”

Better known as a recorded-book narrator, he has done more than 100 audio titles for authors including Elmore Leonard, Danielle Steel, Richard Russo and Scott Turow.

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