Canadian film board options 'Payback'

Margaret Atwood's nonfiction book will be basis for doc

The National Film Board of Canada has optioned the film rights to Margaret Atwood's nonfiction book "Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth" as the basis for a documentary feature to be directed by Jennifer Baichwal and produced by the NFB's Ravida Din.

"Payback" is an investigation into the idea of debt as an ancient and central motif in religion, literature and the structure of human societies.

"Payback," released in 2008 by House of Anansi Press, is a finalist for the 2009 National Business Book Award and has been awarded Silver in the 2008 Axiom Business Book Awards -- Business Ethics.