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Cuddihy nabs Burke novel

Producer Christopher Cuddihy has shelled out a high six-figure sum for the rights to James Lee Burke’s Southern rustic novel “To the Bright and Shining Sun” and has attached scripter Michael Scott Myers to adapt.

Cuddihy is searching for a studio or indie company to finance the project. The payment for the book will be made once the production financing is in place.

Myers is currently up for an Independent/Spirit Award for best first screenplay with “The Whole Wide World,” which stars Vincent D’Onofrio and Renee Zellwegger.

The Burke novel, which was published by Hyperion, is a portrayal of Perry Hatfield James’ odyssey into manhood while living in the Cumberland mountains of Kentucky in the 1960s.

Joel Gotler of Renaissance Agency brokered the deal for Burke. Maryann Kelly of the Gersh Agency repped Myers.

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