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DreamWorks Snaps Up Dennis Lehane’s Next Novel

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015


DreamWorks Pictures has emerged the victor in a heated bidding war for the film rights to Dennis Lehane‘s forthcoming SINCE WE FELL. 

More info after the jump!



Drop It Like It’s Hot!

Monday, September 15th, 2014

drop_lehaneWe’re thrilled to tell you that THE DROP by Dennis Lehane has debuted at #1 on The Boston Globe’s bestseller list

The novel is based upon a screenplay that Lehane wrote, and he recently spoke with the Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and Grantland about the novel’s unusual origin. 

The movie version of THE DROP, starring Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, and a very cute puppy, is in theaters now!


The Drop Drops Next Month!

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

drop_lehaneDennis Lehane fans are in for a real treat in September! Not only will there be a new novel called THE DROP, there will also be a film of the same name! 

In their starred review, Booklist calls the novel “a tight, gritty little tale of working-class crime in Boston, reminiscent not only of Lehane’s earlier crime fiction, but also of the work of the great George V. Higgins.” 

Publishers Weekly calls it a “gritty gem” and a “stark and moving short novel.” 

The film stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini in a heartbreaking final performance. Watch the trailer here. 

Normally, we’d recommend reading the book before you see the movie, but because Lehane based the novel on his screenplay, we’ll let you decide on the order! 


Lehane Named One of Hollywood’s Most Powerful Authors

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

We’re excited to tell you that Dennis Lehane has made it onto The Hollywood Reporter’s list of Hollywood’s 25 most powerful authors at #13! He tells them, “I think I tell good stories, but I don’t think I reinvented the wheel. The only thing I will take credit for is I write characters that actors like to play.”

Now that he’s going to be writing for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, we’re sure that he’ll be coming up with plenty more great parts!


Lehane and Leo!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

We’re very excited to tell you that Warner Bros. has acquired the film rights to Dennis Lehane’s forthcoming novel LIVE BY NIGHT. Leonardo DiCaprio, who previously starred in the hugely successful adaptation of SHUTTER ISLAND, is set to play Joe Coughlin, the charismatic gangster protagonist. (Swoon!)

More details on Shelf Awareness


A Certain Slant of ‘Twilight’

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

Looks like ghosts are the new vampires! We’re very excited to tell you that Summit Entertainment, the people behind a little movie called Twilight, will be bringing Laura Whitcomb’s A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT to the big screen. Check out Variety for the full scoop!


Lehane Revisits Shutter Island

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Shutter Island movieDennis Lehane shares more of his thoughts on seeing his novel SHUTTER ISLAND transformed into a film.

He tells, “The look of the film surprised me. It’s my vision filtered through Martin Scorsese’s consciousness. It’s utterly unique. At every step in the film I was unprepared for how it looked. It was really quite an experience.”

In the Houston Chronicle, he elaborates, “I remember the first time I saw one of the dream sequences, I thought, ‘Boy he went a little far.’ So I went back and checked the book. He didn’t go any place I hadn’t gone.” asks him if Scorsese’s vision of the island matches his, and he responds:

Yes and no. You come into a filter that is very distinct, and that’s Martin Scorsese’s vision, and that’s not necessarily my visual palette. It’s his, and his is a hell of a lot more interesting than mine…I think I saw a much more naturalistic world, whereas he saw a much more surreal world, which works.

Even though their visions of the island differed, Lehane tells the Oklahoman that he was very pleased with how the film turned out:

I loved it, I mean [Scorsese] got it. He got what I was playing with and what I was trying for. And he did cinematically what I did in the language of the novel. The language of the novel is heightened in such a way that you should be aware very early that you’re reading a novel, that this is an homage to Gothics, that this is basically a book about being a book in a lot of ways.

And he made a movie about being a movie. The movie is in your face as a movie right from the beginning. You should realize very quickly you’re not in the real world, you’re in Oz.

He tells that Scorsese remained very true to the book because “you can’t remove anything major from the structure of Shutter Island without the entire thing collapsing. It’s just, it’s not possible. So no major elements were cut…Marty had to be pretty religious to the book while keeping it manageable. That’s why it’s over two hours long.”

In case you were hoping for a big Hollywood sequel, Lehane says on that “the chances of that would be as good as Gladiator 2. I don’t know you just have to ask somebody besides me. I know I’m not writing a Shutter Island 2, let me put it to you that way.”

Lehane On Shutter Island The Film

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Shutter Island came out on DVD yesterday, so Dennis Lehane has been busy speaking to the press about the film. (more…)


[SH]UTTER Insanity

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Well, dear readers, a lot of you must have gone to see SHUTTER ISLAND this weekend — and taken your whole families along — because it was #1 at the box office this weekend! In fact, the film was both Scorsese’s and DiCaprio’s biggest opening ever!

Here’s more from The New York Times and


Shutter Island Opens Today!

Friday, February 19th, 2010

We’re very excited to tell you that the film adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s SHUTTER ISLAND opens today!

The LA Times calls it “a new noir classic” and raves that “director Martin Scorsese has created a divinely dark and devious brain tease of a movie in the best noir tradition with its smarter than you’d think cops, their tougher than you’d imagine cases to crack and enough nods to the classic genre for an all-night parlor game.”

USA Today proclaims it “technically masterful, as only a film by visionary director Martin Scorsese can be” and adds, “From the first queasy scene, you are drawn into and captured by the ominous goings-on at Shutter Island.” It says that “DiCaprio’s blend of brooding and unease is riveting” and “the rest of the ensemble is equally terrific.”

The Hollywood Reporter chimes in, saying, “Martin Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’ is a remarkable high-wire act, performed without a net and exploiting all the accumulated skills of a consummate artist. It dazzles and provokes.”

Variety calls the movie “expert, screw-turning narrative filmmaking” with a “topnotch cast.”

Better get your tickets now!