EW Staff
March 09, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Seabiscuit Laura Hillenbrand (Random House, $24.95) Universal Pictures has optioned this story of an unexpected hero, the racehorse who captured the nation’s attention in the 1930s. Gary Ross (Pleasantville) is signed on to direct.

Chemical Pink Katie Arnoldi (Forge, $23.95) New Line has optioned rights to Arnoldi’s novel about the world of female body building. Art Linson and David Fincher (Fight Club) will coproduce. Arnoldi has been tapped to write the screenplay for the film.

The Emperor of Ocean Park Stephen L. Carter (Knopf) Soon after the author’s $4 million deal with Knopf, Warner Bros. bought rights to the book about an African-American law professor investigating the suspicious death of his father.

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