Scott Rudin Acquires Richard Price's Lush Life
Producer Scott Rudin (middle above) is on a roll in Hollywood. After winning the Oscar for Best Picture for producing No Country for Old Men alongside of the Coen Brothers, Rudin is off buying up every last book and script he can get his hands on. In February we mentioned that Rudin and the Coens had picked up the rights to the Michael Chabon novel The Yiddish Policemen's Union. Now today we can add another one to Rudin's ever growing list of upcoming projects - "Lush Life" by Richard Price. The recently debuted novel's screen rights were acquired Miramax and Rudin today.
Author Richard Price, whose previous screenwriting credits include Ransom, Shaft, The Color of Money, Sea of Love, and HBO's "The Wire", will also pen the script based on his own book. This seems to be an increasingly popular trend - just hire the writer who wrote the book to adapt the screenplay. "Lush Life" is debuting at #6 on the New York Times bestseller list this week - you can pick up a copy on Amazon.com.
"Lush Life" is set up as a police procedural in which a restaurant manager and his bartender set out to walk a drunken friend home in Manhattan's Lower East Side. One of the men winds up on the wrong end of a bullet, and a murder investigation reveals much about the city and the characters involved in a mugging gone wrong. "There's a crime at the heart of the story, but you don't read Price for plot. Instead, you listen as he peels apart layers of class and history through the way his characters talk to each other: hipster bartenders who tell people they're really writers, homeboys from housing projects named after the Jewish immigrants who have long left the neighborhood, and cops, cops, cops, circling the streets looking for a collar, disappearing into their cases as their own lives go to ruin." The novel is already receiving the best reviews of Price's career.