William Broyles Jr. to adapt 'Edgar Sawtelle'

Drama is being produced by Playtone, Harpo Films

Universal has tapped William Broyles Jr. to adapt "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle," a drama being produced by Playtone and Harpo Films.

Based on the novel by David Wroblewski, the story centers on a mute teenager named Edgar Sawtelle, who, after the mysterious death of his father, runs away into the Northwoods of Wisconsin with three of the extraordinary dogs his family raises and trains.

Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman produce via Playtone, while Oprah Winfrey and Kate Forte produce via Harpo.
Universal picked up the rights to the novel last year.

CAA-repped Broyles worked with Playtone when he penned "Cast Away," "Apollo 13" (which earned him an Oscar nomination) and "The Polar Express." Other credits include "Flags of our Fathers," "Jarhead" and "Unfaithful."

Universal vp production Erik Baiers and director of development Maradith Frenkel are overseeing the project for the studio.