'A River Runs Through It' Writer Richard Friedenberg Adapting 'The Coincidence Makers' (Exclusive)

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'The Coincidence Makers

Friedenberg is teaming with Micky Levy to adapt Yoav Blum's sci-fi romance novel, which is already a best-seller in Israel and was published in the U.S. on Tuesday.

Richard Friedenberg, Oscar-nominated for his screenplay for Robert Redford's 1991 drama A River Runs Through It, is teaming with award-winning writer Micky Levy (Rails & Tails) on a big screen adaptation of Yoav Blum's sci-fi romance novel The Coincidence Makers. 

The news was unveiled Tuesday by Epic Pictures, which is developing the project alongside a television series based on the world created by Blum. 

A best-seller in Blum's native Israel and published Tuesday in the U.S. by St. Martin's Press (and also in 11 other languages), The Coincidence Makers follows three seemingly ordinary people who are devoted to creating and carrying out coincidences. What the rest of the world sees as random occurrences are, in fact, carefully orchestrated events designed to spark significant changes in the lives of their targets and sometimes even history.

Epic co-founder Shaked Berenson originally discovered the book while visiting family in Israel. "I bought the book at the airport on my way home and could not put it down," he said. "Yoav built a fascinating world around a love story and across three lifetimes."

Indie finance, production and distribution banner Epic is in post-production on The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, starring Sam Elliot and Aidan Turner, while its latest feature, The Lodgers, is currently in theaters in selected cities. Previous productions include Turbo Kid and the all-star anthology Tales of Halloween. 

Blum, whose first three books became instant Israeli best-sellers, is repped by Amy Tannenbaum at Jane Rotrosen Agency.

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