A French flavor for McInerney's "Good Life"

Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:14am EST
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By Rebecca Leffler

PARIS (Hollywood Reporter) - Jay McInerney's "The Good Life" is getting a French makeover.

Producer Yves Marmion has snagged the adaptation rights to the 2006 novel about the lives of two Manhattan couples -- a pair of wealthy Upper East Side socialites and a downtown literary editor and his wife -- set in the days surrounding the events of September 11.

The project is set up at Paris-based production company UGC, which hasn't decided whether it will shoot the feature in English or in French. But it is actively looking for an Anglo-Saxon director.

Though the original idea was to film in New York, UGC is open to rewriting the story to take place in another city such as Paris or Madrid.

McInerney's "Bright Lights, Big City" was transformed into a 1988 film starring Michael J. Fox.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>U.S. writer Jay McInerney poses with his book "La belle vie", or "The Good Life", after he was awarded with the literary award at the 33rd American Film Festival in Deauville September 6, 2007. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler</p>