'The Good Life' getting a French makeover

Yves Marmion gets adaptation rights

PARIS -- Jay McInerney's "The Good Life" is getting a French makeover.

UGC said Friday that producer Yves Marmion has snagged the adaptation rights to the 2006 novel about the lives of two Manhattan couples -- a pair of wealthy Upper East Side socialites and a downtown literary editor and his wife -- set in the days surrounding the events of September 11.

UGC hasn't decided whether it will shoot the feature in English or in French, but is actively looking for an Anglo-Saxon director.

Though the original idea was to film in New York, the Paris-based production company is open to rewriting the story to take place in another city such as Paris or Madrid.

McInerney's "Bright Lights, Big City" was transformed into a 1988 film starring Michael J. Fox.