Miramax planning a ‘Feast’

Rozema to helm, Knowlton to produce Baxter book

NEW YORK — Miramax has optioned Charles Baxter’s fourth novel, “Feast of Love.”

Patricia Rozema is attached to direct, and Linda Goldstein Knowlton of Ladylike Films is attached to produce. The book has been adapted for the screen by John Pleshette, husband of agent Lynn Pleshette, who with Micheal Cendejas of the Lynn Pleshette Agency, negotiated the deal on Baxter’s behalf.

Just out from Pantheon to considerable acclaim, novel weaves together the amorous entanglements and travails of a circle of acquaintances in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Knowlton is also producing “The Shipping News,” which Pleshette placed with TriStar in 1995. “Shipping News” is now a Sony and Miramax co-production. Rozema’s previous credits include “Mansfield Park” and “I Heard the Mermaids Singing.”

Miramax director of creative affairs Jennifer Berman and production and development veep Julie Goldstein will oversee the project. Senior veep of business affairs Steve Hutensky and veep of business and legal affairs Eric Roth repped the studio.

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