Don DeLillo Novel ‘The Names’ Headed for Big Screen (EXCLUSIVE)

Don Delillo The Names
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Director Alex Ross Perry has optioned the rights to Don DeLillo’s 1982 novel “The Names,” Variety has learned.

Perry (“Listen Up Philip,” “Queen of Earth”) is planning to adapt the script and direct. “The Names,” DeLillo’s seventh book, is set in the summer of 1979 in Athens and throughout the Middle East with a cast of expats who start to investigate a string of murders committed by a cult. DeLillo fans consider the work underrated. (The New York Times review described it as “a powerful, haunting book, formidably intelligent and agile.”)

Perry is currently writing the screenplay for Disney’s live-action “Winnie the Pooh.” He’ll produce “The Names” with Christos V. Konstantakopoulos.

DeLillo has allowed only one of his previous novels to be made into a film — David Cronenberg’s 2012 drama “Cosmopolis,” starring Robert Pattinson.

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