Did you know that part of the Weinstein empire is Weinstein Books? I guess there's no better way to secure an amalgam of film possibilities than to have a collection of your own press to choose from. Their most recent acquisition definitely offers some possibilities. They've just obtained the rights to Canadian writer and Toronto physician Vincent Lam's Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures, as well as a follow-up novel that is yet to be titled. The former, which was based on Lam's medical school and professional experience, is about four medical students as told through a set of interconnected short stories.

The book, which has won the prestigious Giller Prize, is already set for a new television series in Canada, but that's not stopping the big W company from thinking about its film possibilities. It will be interesting to see what happens with Lam's work. Obviously, those in the U.S. probably won't see the television adaptation, which will help for movie possibilities. However, if this novel does make it to the big screen, I can't help but fear for the outcome.

There's a chance it could be developed with a strong link to its source material, keeping it in Toronto, giving the city a little something more than the backdrop for soverymanymovies, with a cast that shows the diversity that T-Dot has. Then again, I imagine that the movie version would probably be a loose adaptation that takes the plot out of Toronto (yet would probably film here just for a little irony), where Fitz, Ming, Chen, and Sri become Jack, Sally, Bob, and Jill as played by quirky twenty-somethings from LA.

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