Joseph Boyden, Miriam Toews and Richard Wagamese books getting the movie treatment

ferguson-wagamese-toews-boyden.pngFrom left: Authors Will Ferguson (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press), Richard Wagamese, Miriam Toews (CBC) and Joseph Boyden (CBC).

Bell Media has announced new funding for a slew of Canadian film projects, including adaptations of Miriam Toews' All My Puny Sorrows, Joseph Boyden's Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce, Richard Wagamese's Indian Horse, Will Ferguson's 419, Randall Maggs' Night Work and John Fraser's Telling Tales.

Screenwriter Michael McGowan has signed on to write All My Puny Sorrows, which won the 2013 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The novel follows a woman named Yolandi, who grapples with her sister's request to help end her life.

Jason Buxton is writing Three Day Road, Boyden's debut novel that took home the 2005 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. The book focuses on two Cree snipers haunted by their experiences on the battlefield during World War I.

Bell Media renewed the option on the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner 419 written by Will Ferguson. Suzette Couture is writing the script. 419 is a dark thriller about the criminal underworld behind notorious Nigerian internet scams.

Funds have been committed to production on Indian Horse based on the book by Richard Wagamese. Stephen Campanelli will direct the film, with the script written by Dennis Foon. Indian Horse is about an Ojibway hockey player who struggles with an alcohol addiction.

Screenwriter Barbara Samuels is working on a second draft of the script for Through Black Spruce, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for Joseph Boyden in 2008. Through Black Spruce follows the parallel journeys of a Cree bush pilot and his niece, as they face heartbreak, fierce love and ancient blood feuds.

David Weaver is working on a second draft of The Defection, an adaptation of Globe and Mail journalist John Fraser's book Telling Tales. The book, published in the 1980s, tells anecdotes from Fraser's career, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Pierre Trudeau and Conrad Black.

Randall Maggs' book of poems about Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Terry Sawchuk is also getting the film treatment. Goalie is being written by Jane Maggs and Adriana Maggs, with the latter signed on to direct.

A film based on the book The Last Letter From Your Lover by popular British novelist Jojo Moyes has also received funding. 

A second draft of a script entitled Canada, based on a book of the same name by American author Richard Ford, is also in the works.

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