*Actor Wentworth Miller, best known as the star of Fox’s “Prison Break,” is in negotiations to write an adaptation of “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle,” a project set up at Universal with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman producing via their Playtone banner, and Oprah Winfrey and Kate Forte producing via Harpo Films.
The David Wroblewski novel, chosen as one of Winfrey’s book club selections in 2008, is a Hamlet-like story centered on a mute boy who is the son of dog breeders. When his father mysteriously dies, circumstances force the teen to run away from home, three dogs in tow, into the woods where he plots a return to expose his uncle as the killer.
William Broyles Jr. (“Apollo 13”) wrote an initial draft of the screenplay.
While Miller still maintains his career in front of the camera – his latest gig is the Dark Castle Entertainment thriller “Loft,” now in post – he continues to keep one foot in the writing world. He is currently penning the English-language remake of “With a Friend Like Harry,” being produced by Maven Pictures that has Kimberly Pierce attached.