Swicord, Pascal align to bring 'Memoirs' to bigscreen

“Memoirs of a Geisha” scribe Robin Swicord has been friends with Sony Pictures’ topper Amy Pascal since they were 22 years old, but that doesn’t mean she has full faith in her judgment.

“It’s very unusual for a studio to spend money on a film with no American stars, based on a book that sold mostly to women, but that’s exactly what Amy did. She probably needs to have her head examined,” said Swicord on Sony’s move to buy the rights to Arthur Golden’s best-selling novel at the Friends of the USC Library literary luncheon on Wednesday.

Swicord was unwavering in her desire to collaborate with Pascal on the adaptation.

“After telling Amy how moved I was by the novel, Amy said to me, ‘that’s so funny–I just bought the book.’ Unlike the rest of us, when Amy Pascal says she just bought a book, it doesn’t mean she just got back from Barnes & Noble. At that point, I knew I would have to claim the script as mine.”

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