Dennis Lehane Short Story Optioned By Canadian Producer


TORONTO – Toronto cop-turned-TV producer Calum deHartog has optioned a Vietnam-era short story by Dennis Lehane, to be adapted into a feature film by Canadian screenwriter Tracey Forbes (Flashpoint, The Bridge).

Lehane’s Southern noir “Running Out of Dog” (1999) portrays a Vietnam veteran returning home to Eden, South Carolina, and finding himself in a love triangle with a childhood friend and her husband, whose wealthy family kept him from going off to Vietnam.

deHartog will direct and produce the feature film adaptation, with Forbes completing a screenplay.

The latest page-to-screen adaptation of a Lehane literary work is being shopped in Los Angeles on the strength of earlier movie adaptations like Shutter Island, Mystic River, The Wire and Gone Baby Gone.

deHartog and Forbes have just completed a CBC pilot, Cracked, a character-driven police drama from indie producer White Pines Pictures.

The one hour drama portrays police and psychiatric nurses in an Abnormal and Violent Crimes Unit looking for the bad guy in a world of emotionally disturbed people.

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