New Line eyes 'Dewey' adaptation

In negotiations for screen rights to nonfiction book

New Line is in negotiations to pick up the screen rights to "Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World," a nonfiction book by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter.

Pamela Gray is being tapped to write the adaptation, which will be produced by Temple Hill's Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey

The book, published in September, tells the story of a kitten, abandoned in a book drop on a cold winter night, who is rescued by workers at a library in rural Iowa. It becomes the library's mascot, charming and inspiring patrons and staffers and, during the course of a long life, acquiring an international fan club.

The book strikes similar hues to "Marley & Me," the best-seller about a naughty dog that Fox 2000 adapted into a comedy starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston for a December release.

Sam Brown and Meredith Finn will oversee "Dewey" for New Line.

Grey, repped by UTA, wrote 1999's "Music of the Heart" starring Meryl Streep and was a writer on TV's "Once and Again."

Myron is repped by IPG.