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In the Works: Dennis Lehane Writing American Remake of 'A Prophet'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 29, 2013 at 1:53PM

Bestselling crime novelist Dennis Lehane is on board to pen the American remake of 2010's "A Prophet" for Sony.
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'A Prophet'
'A Prophet'

Bestselling crime novelist Dennis Lehane is on board to pen the American remake of 2010's "A Prophet" for Sony. 

Dennis Lehane
Dennis Lehane

The original, directed by Jacques Audiard and starring Tahar Rahim ("The Past"), centers on a young French-Arab man who must survive the brutalities of prison, and eventually rises in status behind bars as a Mafia kingpin. It won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes 2009, and was nominated for a Foreign-Language Oscar in 2010.

Lehane's novels include "Mystic River," "Gone Baby Gone" and "Shutter Island" -- titles given big-screen treatments by Clint Eastwood, Ben Affleck and Martin Scorsese, respectively. Lehane has recently leaned more toward screenwriting, with "Travis McGee" and "Silk Road" both assignments from Fox. The upcoming Fox Searchlight crime film "Animal Rescue," starring Tom Hardy, is also a Lehane script, based on one of the author's short stories.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.