John August takes on ‘Famous Novelist’

Writer-director options fiction biz satire to adapt

Writer-director John August has optioned Steve Hely’s novel “How I Became a Famous Novelist.”

August, who wrote “Go,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “Big Fish,” will adapt and potentially direct the project.

A popular fiction biz satire, “Novelist” concerns a man who sets out to write an unabashedly commercial tome so he can be rich, famous and, most importantly, upstage his ex-girlfriend’s wedding.

“Like ‘Go,’ it’s about thinking you have the system all figured out, realizing you don’t, then faking it,” said August.

August bought the title through his company Quote-Unquote Films. Hely, also a TV scribe, has written for David Letterman’s “Late Show” and “American Dad.”

“Novelist” was published in July by Grove/Atlantic.

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