Pollack, Minghella to produce comic novel

The Weinstein Co. has acquired screen rights to “The Silver Linings Playbook,” a not-yet-published comic novel from Matthew M. Quick. Mirage Prods. partners Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella will produce with Michelle Raimo.

Novel concerns a man who, after a mental collapse, is released from a health facility determined to find the silver linings in his life. In total denial that his wife has remarried and moved on, he moves home with his parents and befriends a depressed woman who offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife.

A former teacher who lives in Massachusetts, Quick sent his manuscript unsolicited to Sterling Lord Literistic, where it was plucked from the slush pile by lit agent Douglas Stewart. He quickly sold it to Sarah Crichton Books, an imprint at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, which will publish the book in early 2009.

CAA then quickly brokered the film deal with TWC and Mirage, which has a first-look deal with the Weinsteins.

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