Bernstein puts pen to 'Eleven'


Marcos Bernstein has been tapped to adapt the Paulo Coelho novel "Eleven Minutes" for New Line Cinema. Gianni Nunnari is producing via his Hollywood Gang shingle.

The erotically charged tale centers on a Brazilian woman who goes to Switzerland to seek her fortune only to find work in a gentleman's club. Her journey of self-discovery takes her on the many roads of sex and love.

Brazilian writer Coelho is the author of the worldwide best- seller "The Alchemist."

Craig Flores and Alan Finkelstein are executive producing "Minutes," as is George Waud. Nathalie Peter-Contesse is co-producing. Hollywood Gang is co-financing with the studio.

Nunnari produced Warner Bros.' adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel "300" and is adapting Miller's miniseries "Ronin," also for Warners.

The studio and producers are aiming to keep the novel's Brazilian voice by bringing Bernstein on board. The Rio de Janeiro-born writer wrote "Central Station," a Brazilian film nominated for a best foreign-language Oscar in 1998. He is attached to direct "Furious," a thriller written by Terry Curtis Fox being produced by Artfire Films, and his award-winning 2004 Brazilian film "The Other Side of the Street" is being remade by Jeff Sharp's New York-based company Sharp Independent.

Bernstein is repped by Leslie Rabb of RPM International and attorney Jeff Bernstein.