'Bad Lieutenant' producers hire 'Gun' scribe

Javier Rodriguez to adapt Jonathan Lethem's 1994 novel

"Gun With Occasional Music" has its composer.

Screenwriter Javier Rodriguez has been hired to adapt the 1994 Jonathan Lethem novel for "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" producers Gabe and Alan Polsky. The Polskys recently optioned rights to the sci-fi noir hybrid, which has been in various stages of development with different players for more than a decade.

"Music" follows an archetypal private eye through Oakland and San Francisco as he delves into the murder of a prominent urologist in a futuristic world that includes supersmart children, erotic nerve-swapping and a menacing kangaroo that works for the mob.

The Polsky brothers also have in development adaptations of John Williams' "Butcher's Crossing," which Joe Penhall is writing, and Christopher Buckley's "God Is My Broker." Adaptations of Lethem's novels "The Fortress of Solitude" and "Motherless Brooklyn" also have been long in the works.

Rodriguez, repped by Gersh and Mad Hatter Entertainment, recently had his screenplay "The Heretic" set up with producer Mike Medavoy at Phoenix Pictures.