For lit, UA books former Rudin exec


United Artists is hitting the books.

The Tom Cruise-run MGM wing has hired literary scout Claire Lundberg to accelerate UA's lit acquisitions. The New York-based Lundberg, who was director of development at Scott Rudin Prods., will report to production president Don Granger.

"Claire is not only an experienced hand with great instincts," UA COO Elliott Kleinberg said. "She is also a film fanatic whose passion makes her a welcome addition to our team."

With Rudin, Lundberg was involved in acquiring Khaled Hosseini's "A Thousand Splendid Suns," which Steven Zaillian is adapting; Conn & Hall Iggulden's "The Dangerous Book for Boys"; and Stacey Schiff's "Cleopatra." She also worked as a book scout for Linda Clark Associates.

UA already has "Valkyrie" scribe Christopher McQuarrie on board to adapt "The Monster of Florence"; Paul Haggis and Alissa Haggis adapting "Ranger's Apprentice"; Charles Randolph adapting "The Birthday Party"; and Jose Rivera working on Jack Kerouac's classic "On the Road," a Francis Ford Coppola-produced project long in development. (partialdiff)