"Men from Mars" book headed for big screen

Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:00pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Best-selling relationship book "Men are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" is headed for the big screen.

Summit Entertainment, the privately-held studio behind the blockbuster "Twilight" vampire movie franchise, said on Monday it had acquired the worldwide film and television rights to the book series by John Gray, first published in 1992.

The "Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus", series of books explore relationship issues on the basis of distinct gender differences.

They have sold more than 50 million copies in 45 nations worldwide to became one of the most popular relationship books ever.

"While men and women may never truly speak the same language, we're thrilled to explore their perpetually hilarious, painful and romantic conflicts on the big screen," producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun said in a statement.

Summit suggested it also had wider plans for the book series. The studio's president of production Erik Feig called it a "pop culture mainstay", adding that; "we know (it) will become an amazing film and TV franchise."

Summit did not disclose how much it had paid for the rights and no details of directors, casting or possible release date were available.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)