Randolph celebrates 'Birthday'


Talk about a surprise party.

United Artists has hired writer Charles Randolph to adapt Stanley N. Alpert's nonfiction work, "The Birthday Party."

In "The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival," Alpert, a former assistant U.S. attorney, describes the 25-hour kidnapping ordeal he endured in a Brooklyn apartment in 1998 the night before his 38th birthday. Randolph already has filed a draft.

Meanwhile, UA will shoot additional scenes for its second film, the Tom Cruise starrer "Valkyrie," next month, with a February release planned. The studio has a handful of additional films nearing a greenlight and several others, including "Ranger's Apprentice" and "An Ordinary Spy."

Randolph is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. (partialdiff)