I’ve posted previously about Jonathan Lethem’s “Promiscuous Materials Project,” in which he allows filmmakers, songwriters and playwrights free adaptation rights to some of his short stories. Now, Lethem has a page on his blog in which he notes which artists have taken him up on his offer. An, in the cases of many of the songwriters, he posts streams of their work. Check it out. Among the film news: Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher is making a short fllm from Lethem’s story “Interview with a Crab.”
Related: Lethem also announced that he would give the film rights to his latest novel, You Don’t Love Me Yet, to the director with the best proposal for its adaptation. It would be a free option with money due only when the film received distribution. On the news page for the book Lethem announces that Greg Marcks, whose previous film was 11:14, was awarded the option. “Greg’s ideas for the film are really terrific, and I’m excited to see him try to make it,” Lethem writes.
Marcks is currently working on The Gift, an international thriller set in Bolivia.