Wentworth Miller is picking up the keyboard again.
The actor, best known as the star of Fox’s Prison Break, is in negotiations to tackle of adaptation of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. The David Wroblewski novel is set up at Universal with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman producing via their Playtone banner, and Oprah Winfrey and Kate Forte producing via Harpo Films.
Chosen as one of Winfrey’s book club selections in 2008, the Hamlet-like story centers on a mute boy who is the son of dog breeders. When his father mysteriously dies, circumstances force the teen to run away from home, three dogs in tow, into the woods where he plots a return to expose his uncle as the killer.
William Broyles Jr. (Apollo 13) wrote an initial draft.
Miller surprised many when he set up his spec Stoker at Fox Searchlight, where it quickly hopped on the fast track and got made with Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode (that movie, too, deals with a father’s death, a teen, and a mysterious uncle).
And while Miller has continued acting – his latest gig is the Dark Castle Entertainment thriller Loft, now in post – he has kept one hand on the keyboard. He is penning the English-language remake of With a Friend Like Harry, being produced by Maven Pictures that has Kimberly Pierce attached.
Miller is repped by ICM Partners, the Gotham Group and Sloane Offer.
Erik Baiers and Maradith Frenkel are overseeing the project for Universal, which had no comment.