It’s difficult to imagine someone thinking “Steve Carell” when reading Carolyn Parkhurst’s unusual debut, The Dogs of Babel, (Little, Brown, 2003; hardcover jacket above left; paperback on the right). Nonetheless, its reported that he plans to produce and star in the film version. Carrell has many projects in the fire, but this one may have an edge because John Carney just signed on as director. He is regarded as the perfect person for the project, based on his art-house hit, Once. He  signed Scarlett Johansson in June for  the follow-up, Can a Song Save Your Life?

The novel, about a grieving widower who tries to his wife’s dog to speak, so he can find out how she died. It was described by Janet Maslin in the NYT as a “captivatingly strange book.”

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