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— GHOST OF A CHANCE? In 2000, well before anyone knew that Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones would hit No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list, FilmFour optioned the movie rights. The U.K. indie company, which produced Trainspotting and Sexy Beast, attached little-known Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher) to write and direct. But on July 9, Channel 4 announced the dissolution of FilmFour, its financially burdened movie unit, pending a 30-day consultation period that began on July 31. So what could have been a heavenly experience may be turning into development hell. ”Technically speaking,” says Sebold’s agent, Henry Dunow, ”FilmFour still has an option and is continuing to develop the project.” Will The Lovely Bones go into turnaround? Jim Wilson, a former FilmFour exec, says, ”We’ve had nearly every major American studio and major producers ask, ‘How can we get involved?”’ — Karen Valby

— GET ‘EM WHILE THEY’RE COLD Next month Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) will publish his debut novel through McSweeney’s, his own outfit. The as-yet-untitled book, about two pals who travel the world handing out cash, will sell 10,000 copies as a limited edition through The rest of the ”pretty small print run” will go to ”local bookstores,” says McSweeney’s rep Barb Bersche. Like other titles from the imprint, the novel will be printed in Iceland. ”Our books come via boat,” Bersche explains, ”but it’s worth the wait. We always have to make sure we don’t miss the boat, though.” — Gregory Kirschling

— SHOW AND TELL Sheila Kelley (L.A. Law), who researched stripping for her role in the indie feature Dancing at the Blue Iguana, is now putting her passion to paper. Entitled The S Factor: Sheila Kelley’s Stripping for the Everyday Woman — A Journey Into Your Sexual Power, her how-to springs out of the strip-exercise class she teaches in L.A. ”It’s sort of the new Pilates,” says Ruth Sullivan, the senior editor at Workman whose low-six-figure bid beat out ReganBooks for the title.

The Lovely Bones
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