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Fox Searchlight Names Director Neil Burger for 'Animal Rescue' Adaptation from Dennis Lehane

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 12, 2012 at 4:27PM

Neil Burger will direct an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's short story "Animal Rescue" for Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertertainment after his surprisingly successful "Limitless" starring Bradley Cooper.
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Dennis Lehane, Neil Burger
Dennis Lehane, Neil Burger

Neil Burger will direct an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's short story "Animal Rescue" for Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertertainment after his surprisingly successful "Limitless" starring Bradley Cooper.

Lehane, who wrote the books that would become "Mystic River," "Gone Baby Gone" and "Shutter Island," also penned this adaptation. According to Variety, the story "follows a man trying to leave a life of crime, a pit bull, a heist gone wrong, and a killing."

Searchlight-produced titles include "Juno," "Black Swan," "The Descendants" and surprise hit "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and critically cornered "Lola Versus." Next up: the long-awaited return of "Little Miss Sunshine" duo Valerie Ferris and Jonathan Dayton, "Ruby Sparks."

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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.