Skywalker tome planned as comedy
With “Devil’s Knot” headed for its world premiere at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, producer Elizabeth Fowler is teaming with Susan Duff on a film based on “Around the World in 80 Girls: The Epic 3-Year Journey of a Backpacking Casanova.”
Fowler and Duff — mother of Hilary and Hailey Duff — are developing the property as a comedy and meeting with writers and directors, but have not yet cast any actors. The duo has also optioned author Neil Skywalker’s life rights.
Skywalker, a native of the Netherlands, began writing the book while on a trip around the world with the goal of improving his social skills.
“Devil’s Knot” has been set for its world premiere as a special presentation next month at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. Directed by Atom Egoyan, the film tracks the aftermath of the 1993 West Memphis murders and focuses on the mother (portrayed by Reese Witherspoon) of one of the murdered boys.