Oscar and Emmy winner David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) is attached to direct and will co-write the pilot with Lefcourt. Frankel and Lefcourt are executive producers.
The acclaimed seriocomic novel, Lefcourt’s self-proclaimed “darkly comic look at homophobia in baseball,” is about a happily married, father of two, star shortstop Randy Dreyfus, who falls in love with his second baseman in the middle of a pennant race. Dreyfus’ affair creates reverberations for the World Series. In today’s world of sexual identity issues, that make headlines even on sports pages, the storyline is particularly relevant.
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The Dreyfus Affair: A Love Story was initially published in 1992 by Random House in hardcover, then in 1993 by Harper Perennial as a paperback (14 printings).
A prolific writer and producer of film and television, Lefcourt began writing novels in the 1990’s. In 1991, Lefcourt published The Deal. It remains a cult favorite in Hollywood and was adapted into a movie starring William H. Macy and LL Cool J that premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. He also is the author of Di & I, a fictionalized account of Lefcourt’s love affair with Diana, Princess of Wales. His TV writing credits include Desperate Housewives and Cagney & Lacey, among others.
Frankel won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for his 1996 short film Dear Diary and an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for the pilot episode of Entourage (2004). His feature directing credits include The Devil Wears Prada , Marley & Me and Hope Springs.
The deal was brokered by Murray Weiss of Catalyst Literary Management and Ken Gross of Ken Gross Management.
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