Maslansky options Ondaatje novel

Thirteen years after “The English Patient,” plans are going forward for another movie based on a Michael Ondaatje novel, the Louisiana-set “Coming Through Slaughter,” about the birth of jazz.

Producer Paul Maslansky, who in 2006 optioned the book about jazz legend Buddy Bolden, has a completed screenplay penned by Mark Bailey and approved by Ondaatje. Scribe Bailey’s previous credits include TV mini-series “Pandemic: Facing Aids,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy. 

Set in early 1900s New Orleans, Ondaatje’s book tells the life story of Bolden, a legendary cornettist who was a formative influence on jazz and on greats like Louis Armstrong.

Maslansky’s production partner on “Slaughter” is Rome-based producer Lars Bloch, who is at the Venice fest talking to prospective helmers and co-financers.

“It’s a period-piece about the only art form born in America,” said Bloch.

California-based Maslansky has produced more than 40 films, including “The Russia House” and the lucrative “Police Academy” series.

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