'Lizard' is lounging at Tiny Dancer

Company options Daniel Pinkwater's fantasy novel

NEW YORK -- Tiny Dancer Films is looking to make strange and beautiful music with best-selling cult author/illustrator Daniel Pinkwater, as Jawal Nga's New York-based banner has optioned the Random House fantasy novel "Lizard Music."

Nga ("Married Life") will produce the irreverent tale of Victor, a boy left home alone by his vacationing parents who discovers a group of lizard musicians on late-night television. With the help of a man with a dancing hen under his hat, Victor travels to Thunderbolt City to find the mysterious creatures.

The 1974 young-adult novel is one of more than 100 titles in print from Pinkwater, a frequent contributor to NPR's "All Things Considered" and the subject of two biographies. A favorite among a generation of fans, "Lizard" is published by Random House imprint Dell Yearling.

In addition to the Rachel McAdams-toplined "Married Life," Nga is executive producing Overture's "Last Chance Harvey," starring Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. He's also developing "Charlie Johnson in the Flames" with writer Justin Haythe ("Revolutionary Road") and an adaptation of the classic poem "Howl" with directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.

Pinkwater is repped by Andrea Brown Literary Agency and Andy Cohen at Grade A Entertainment. Davis Wright Tremaine repped Nga in the deal.
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