Kesselman plans 'Gilman's Ending'

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NEW YORK -- Writer Jonathan Kesselman is set to adapt Glenn Frank's prize-winning debut novel, "Abe Gilman's Ending," for the screen and will produce the project through his company Worldwide Media Conspiracy.

Kesselman, the writer-director of "The Hebrew Hammer" and Nickelodeon Studios' upcoming comedy "The Orbit of Bob," will produce the feature with Frank.

"Ending" centers on a depressed man in a wheelchair forced to move to a nursing home after his wife dies. Close to giving up hope, his interest in life is rekindled when a new patient enlists others for a historical project. In an intertwined story line, a young German Jewish boy in post-World War II Boston attempts to discover what happened to his father after the Holocaust.

"Ending," published in October, won Frank the Bruce P. Rossley Literary Award for best new voice.

WMC and Vox3 Films are producing an adaptation of Peter Alson's memoir "Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie." Kesselman also is attached to direct the comedy "Odd Todd" for Paramount Pictures.

WMC and Kesselman are repped by APA. Attorney Eric Feig at Rosen, Feig, Golland & Lunn negotiated the deal for rights to the novel.
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