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Rene Steinke’s ‘Friendswood’ in the Works as Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Elizabeth Fowler (“Devil’s Knot”), Susan Duff (“Material Girls”) and Dannielle Thomas (“The Client List”) have obtained movie rights to Rene Steinke’s just-published novel “Friendswood.”

The producers are out to screenwriters to adapt.

“Friendswood,” published by Riverhead Books, is set in a small Texas town and follows the interconnected lives of its inhabitants. When the town’s legacy of tragedy — a toxic leak that sickened and killed dozens a decade earlier — begins to rear its head again, the community unravels.

Madonna obtained screen rights to Steinke’s “Holy Skirts,” set in the world of the early 20th Century avant-garde movement. Steinke’s debut novel “The Fires” was an exploration of the mind a pyromaniac.

Fowler is also developing the story of Roo! — the mixed breed stray dog who won a prize at this year’s Westminster Dog Show — as a feature film.

PJ Mark of Janklow & Nesbit Associates reps Steinke and negotiated the deal on her behalf.

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