'Dirty Job,' 'Thunderbolt Kid' head to screens

Articulus Entertainment has snapped up feature rights to a pair of bestsellers — “A Dirty Job” and “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid.”

Both projects will be produced by Articulus principal Steven Sawalich.

“A Dirty Job,” published penned by Christopher Moore and published by HarperCollins, is a satire about man’s quest to find out the meaning of death as a widower copes with the untimely death of his wife while raising their newborn daughter.

In the process he becomes death’s representative on earth, collecting people’s souls before they die.

“A Dirty Job” has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide.

“The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid,” penned by travel humorist Bill Bryson and published in 2006, takes a nostalgic look at Bryson’s childhood in Des Moines, Iowa, in the 1950s.

Articulus produced “Music Within,” starring Ron Livingston and Michael Sheen with Sawalich directing and producing. The film won the audience kudos and Star Award from the AFI Dallas Intl. Film Festival and the Best of Fest prize at Palm Springs.

Sawalich recently produced the “So the World May Hear” Awards gala for the Starkey Hearing Foundation. That event raised more than $7.3 million.

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