Scribe has ‘Mojo’ working

Tally to tackle Landsdale whodunit for New Line

New Line Cinema has struck a seven-figure deal for Oscar-winning scribe Ted Tally (“The Silence of the Lambs”) to adapt Joe R. Lansdale’s 1995 novel “Mucho Mojo.”

Project, which New Line optioned last October, is being overseen by New Line execs Cindy Guidry and Claire Rudnick Polstein.

“Mojo” is one of several Landsdale books that enumerate the adventures of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, a pair of rough-and-tumble friends from East Texas, the author’s home turf.

Collins is a straight white man; Pine is gay and black. Together they have a way of upsetting the locals in their small-town environment. In “Mojo,” Pine inherits a broken-down house from an uncle and enlists Collins’ help in fixing it up. Once in the house, they come across the skeletons of several children. Story centers on their efforts to track down the provenance of those remains while clearing the uncle’s name.

Tally adapted Cormac McCarthy’s best-selling novel “All the Pretty Horses.” The pic, directed by Billy Bob Thorton, stars Matt Damon and Henry Thomas and is due in theaters via Miramax Films later this year.

Tally, whose credits include “The Juror” and “Before and After,” is repped by ICM.

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