‘Troy’ scribe set to fly ‘Kite’ with DreamWorks

Mendes on board to helm project

A correction was made to this article on July 15, 2005.

“Troy” scribe David Benioff is in final negotiations to adapt Khaled Hosseini’s novel “The Kite Runner.” Sam Mendes will direct the film at DreamWorks.

Story concerns a man who grows up in California but is forced as an adult to return to his native Afghanistan to right a longstanding wrong and rescue the son of a childhood friend.

Wonderland Films’ Bill Horberg and Rebecca Yeldham are producing the pic. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are exec producers. Mark Sourian is overseeing the project at the studio.

As a writer, Benioff recently turned in his adaptation of the Hemingway novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls” to Warner Bros. Also for Warners, he is adapting the George Pelecanos novel “Right as Rain”; Curtis Hanson will direct. Benioff’s next scripted feature is New Regency’s “Stay,” a Marc Forster-directed drama that Fox will release this fall.

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