One of the TV industry’s biggest buyers of literary properties, Jaffe/Braunstein Films, has struck again with the purchase of the film and TV rights to Dorothy Allison’s “Cavedweller.” Recently published in hardcover by Dutton Books, “Cavedweller” is Allison’s second novel following “Bastard Out of Carolina,” which was produced as a feature but subsequently broadcast on the Showtime Network and earned an Emmy nomination. Jaffe/Braunstein optioned the new book for a two-hour telefilm, which if made would bring the author a mid-six-figure payday.
The New York Times bestseller tells the story of a rock-and-roll singer, who, following the death of her former lover in a motorcycle accident, takes their pre-adolescent daughter cross-country to Georgia to reclaim her other daughters, whom she had left behind after fleeing their abusive father. She then must deal with the subsequent confrontations with the community and her former lover.
Michael Jaffe and Howard Braunstein will exec-produce a telefilm based on the book, which they will begin submitting to networks immediately. The duo previously have produced such telepics as “First Do No Harm,” starring Meryl Streep and the mini “Ken Follett’s The Third Twin.”
Steve Fisher of the Renaissance Agency brokered the deal on behalf of Allison’s lit agent Frances Goldin.