Universal taps Broyles to adapt from novel

William Broyles Jr. has been tapped to adapt “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” for Universal Pictures.

“Edgar Sawtelle” is a high-profile project for the studio, with Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey producing through their Playtone and Harpo shingles, respectively. Project reteams Broyles with Hanks; Broyles wrote the Hanks starrers “Cast Away” and “Apollo 13.”

Universal acquired the rights last year to the David Wroblewski novel, which centers on the titular teenage mute who, caught in a long-standing intense family conflict, flees into the Wisconsin woods with three of the extraordinary dogs that his family raises and trains.

Playtone’s Gary Goetzman and Harpo’s Kate Forte are also producing.

Broyles’ recent credits include “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Jarhead.” He’s repped by CAA.

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