In yet another example of things that take a while to speed up, there is finally some movement on the adaptation of Paulo Coelho's sexy novel, Eleven Minutes. Way back in 2005, Cinematical posted that New Line and Hollywood Gang Productions were nabbing the adaptation. Now almost two years later, The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Marcos Bernstein has been hired to adapt the novel. He was one of the pens behind Central Station, a Brazilian film that was nominated for Best Actress and Best Foreign Language Film at the 1999 Academy Awards.

This time around, Bernstein has to bring to life the story that begins: "Once upon a time, there was a prostitute called Maria." The novel's title comes from the hypothetical average length of time for sex, and the text covers Maria as she leaves Rio to find fame and fortune, only to become a high-class prostitute in Switzerland. But more than just the sex-trade, Minutes deals with her "journey of self-discovery [that] takes her on the many roads of sex and love." I am assuming that covers more than Pretty Woman, which made the trade look like diamonds and champagne. At least Deborah Amelon and Bob Brunner weren't tapped to adapt it -- they're the ones who turned Anne Rice's sexy Exit to Eden into that O'Donnell/Akroyd comedy of pain -- both for the people at the S&M island and those in the audience. Considering how long this is taking to gear up, we should have more news for you in 2009.
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