Norton writing Motherless Brooklyn screenplay

The man behind Syntax of Things mentioned last year that Edward Norton is slated to play the lead in the screen adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn, but I didn’t realize until yesterday that Norton is also slated to write the screenplay and direct. (Thanks to Emma for the news.)

Here’s a clip a Norton fan picked up from a New York Sun article:

Mr. Lethem sold the film rights to the story several years ago and has no idea when it might actually make it to the screen. Edward Norton is expected to write the screenplay, star in, and direct the project. “I just get an occasional phone call from the agents, who always tell me that it’s going great,” Mr. Lethem notes wryly, “but that’s all they ever tell me about anything.”


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