Author and Macalester College professor Marlon James is in cahoots with television behemoth HBO. Or at least they’re working on turning James’s third novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, into one of their next projects, Tatiana Craine reports for City Pages.

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This year’s Best Local Author winner will be working on an adaptation of A Brief History with screenwriter and producer Eric Roth. Roth is most known for his work on the Academy Award-winning screenplay for Forrest Gump, along with Ali,The Insider, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. (He’s also an executive producer on Netflix’s insanely popularHouse of Cards.) According to the Star Tribune, James will be doing his own adaptation of the work with guidance from Roth.

A Brief History was released in fall 2014 to international acclaim, and it felt like only a matter of time before a studio noticed how well James’s written work would play out visually. But with dozens of characters in the sprawling 700-page book, the best way for this novel to be translated to the screen might actually be through having James do it himself. We’re looking forward to seeing where this partnership winds up.

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