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Lionsgate Nabs Rights to Bestseller 'Life After Life'; 'Mad Men' and 'The Bridge' Writers Set to Adapt

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 14, 2013 at 2:23PM

Lionsgate has snapped up the feature film rights to Kate Atkinson's bestseller "Life After Life." TV writers Semi Chellas ("Mad Men") and Esta Spalding ("The Bridge") are adapting the novel into a screenplay.
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Life After Life

Lionsgate has snapped up the feature film rights to Kate Atkinson's bestseller "Life After Life." TV writers Semi Chellas ("Mad Men") and Esta Spalding ("The Bridge") are adapting the novel into a screenplay.

The book, which was first published in April, centers on a woman who discovers she has the extraordinary ability to start her life over from scratch, realizing along the way that tiny decisions can have enormous consequences. It is set against the backdrop of World War II.  

"Life After Life" was selected by both Oprah and Martha Stewart for their Summer Reading Lists, and is currently Amazon Editors' #1 pick for their 2013 So Far roundup.

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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.