A year before the novel is to be published, Warner Bros. has optioned the movie rights to Howard Norman’s novel “The Bird Artists,” a love story set in 1911 Newfoundland, sources said.

The book, which will be published in 1994 by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, came to the studio’s attention via Arne Glimcher (“Gorillas in the Mist,””The Good Mother”), who will now produce, direct and co-write the script with Norman.

Warner Bros. exex had no comment on the sale.

Norman previously wrote “The Northern Lights,” which was a finalist for the National Book Award and since has been optioned by Spectrum Films. “The Bird Artists” is the story of an unusual love triangle that takes place in the small coastal town of Witless Bay, Newfoundland. Glimcher reportedly got a copy of an early galley and took it to WB via Creative Artists Agency.

Norman, a writing professor at the U. of Maryland, currently has another story in the Hollywood pipeline, a comedy titled “3-D” that he co-wrote with Martin Goldstein.

“3-D,” a Jones Entertainment production that will be distributed by Fine Line , is currently being cast. It’s based on his short story “Laughing and Crying,” published in the anthology “Kiss in the Hotel Joseph Conrad.”

The film, set in 1954, is about the first 3-D movie to be screened in Mishawaka, Ind., which causes many of the residents to think the film is a Communist plot. It will be directed by Carl Schultz.