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Thursday, July 2, 2009

James Frey scores new book deal

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to quote the Smoking Gun. According to the New York Times, the A Million Little Pieces author who took some, uh, liberties, with the novel's details (87 days, a couple of hours ... who's counting, really?) has scored a new book deal with HarperCollins via an anonymous pitch.

A week after submitting a young adult novel anonymously to editors, James Frey, the notorious author of “A Million Little Pieces,” and a writing partner, Jobie Hughes, have sold North American rights to “I Am Number Four” to HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Harper, another imprint of HarperCollins, published Mr. Frey’s adult novel, “Bright Shiny Morning,” last year.

Frey intends to expand the story into a six-book series says the article, which adds "Last week, DreamWorks Studios bought film rights to the series, with Michael Bay, the director of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” signed on to produce and possibly direct the first installment."

Michael Bay plus James Frey? That could turn into one hot mess if they're not careful. Oh, and by the way, did you know that Oprah apologized to Frey last year? Mmm hmm, it's true.

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