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Brillstein-Grey’s ‘Crazy’

Co. buys English-lingo rights to German bestseller

Brillstein-Grey is crazy about the international bestselling German novel “Crazy,” snatching up the English-language film rights to the book.

Penned two years ago by 16-year old Benjamin Lebert, book was first published in Germany by Kiepenheuer & Witscher; it has since been sold in 30 countries. Book was first published in the U.S. by Knopf and just released in paperback by Vintage.

“Crazy” is a wry coming-of-age story about a 16-year-old, paralyzed on one side from birth, who’s in boarding school. Like any teenager, he learns about dating and how to find your way in a crazy world.

A successful German pic based on “Crazy” was made and released in Germany last year.

Brillstein-Grey has a first-look pact with Miramax Films; it optioned the book via its pact with the company. Manager Gerry Harrington brought the project into the management/production firm.

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